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Two St. Thomas Men Sentenced To An Average of Two Years In Prison For Bringing Illegal Guns To The Territory

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two St. Thomas residents were sentenced in federal court today to 1.75 years and 2.25 years respectively in prison for their admitted roles in illegally trafficking firearms — including an AK-47 assault rifle, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mohammed Jubran, 27, of St. Thomas, was sentenced today to 21 months in prison, and co-defendant, Raji Yusuf, 30, of Puerto Rico, was sentenced to 27 months in prison, each for trafficking in firearms, Acting U.S. Attorney Hewlett said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also sentenced each of the two men to serve three years of supervised release, pay a $100 special assessment, and perform 350 hours of community service, according to Hewlett.

On November 8 and 18, 2016, Jubran and Yusuf pleaded guilty to trafficking in firearms, court records indicate.

According to the plea agreements, between October 15, 2015 and February 10, 2016, Yusuf provided an AK-47 to Jubran that Jubran sold to an individual in St. Thomas.

Neither Jubran nor Yusuf is a federally licensed firearms dealer, and neither is licensed under Virgin Islands law to possess firearms.

The case was a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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