Mohammed Jubran Charged In Federal Court With Trafficking Firearms
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 27-year-old St. Thomas man was arrested and charged in federal court with trafficking firearms, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mohammed Jubran, 27, made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after being charged in a one-count criminal complaint, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.
At a detention hearing on Wednesday, the Court order ed that Jubran be detained pending trial, and set a preliminary hearing sate for Monday, July 18.
According to the complaint, Jubran, who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer, was trafficking in firearms on St. Thomas between September 2015 and February 2016.
If convicted of trafficking in firearms, Jubran faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Sharpe said that a criminal complaint is merely a charging document, and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.
“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” he said.
The case is the result of a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.