Brodhurst Arraigned For Mailing Guns From Florida To St. Croix
ARRAIGNED: Jahraun Brodhurst
CHRISTIANSTED – A 24-year-old St. Croix man was arraigned in federal court after authorities said he mailed guns from Florida to St. Croix through the mail.
Jahraun Malachi Brodhurst, 24, a native of St. Croix, was arraigned on December 17 before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon on a superseding indictment charging him with one count of transporting and shipping a firearm with an obliterated serial number and two counts of unlawfully mailing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.
Brodhurst was arrested on December 4 in Florida.
According to the superseding indictment, Brodhurst shipped a Smith and Wesson AR-15 lower receiver with an obliterated serial number and mailed a Springfield Armory .40 caliber pistol from Florida to St. Croix on May 26, 2014.
Also, on July 13, 2013, Brodhurst mailed a Glock 23 pistol from Florida to St. Croix, Sharpe said.
If convicted of transporting and shipping a firearm with an obliterated serial number, Brodhurst faces a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
If convicted of unlawfully mailing a firearm, Brodhurst faces a maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on each count.
The superseding indictment is the result of investigative work conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rami Badawy.
Sharpe said that a complaint is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt.
“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty,” he said.
Brodhurst’s profile name on Myspace is “dopeboy1991.”
Jahraun Malachi “Dopeboy 1991” Brodhurst on MySpace.