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St. Croix’s Jahraun Brodhurst Gets 1.75 Years In Prison For Federal Gun and Drug Crimes

MUGSHOT: Jahraun Malachi Brodhurst, 26, got 1.75 years in prison from a federal judge.

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CHRISTIANSTED – A federal judge sentenced a St. Croix man to 1.75 years in jail for admitting to illegal gun and drug crimes on Friday.

Jahraun Malachi Brodhurst, 26, was sentenced before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Wilma A. Lewis to 21 months’ imprisonment for his convictions of unlawfully mailing a firearm and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Judge Lewis also sentenced Brodhurst to three years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a $200 special assessment, according to Shappert.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on May 26, 2014, Brodhurst sent a U.S. priority mail parcel from Florida to St. Croix that contained a pistol and an AR-15 lower receiver with an obliterated serial number. Both of the firearms were wrapped in carbon paper.

The United States Postal Inspection Service Forensic Laboratories recovered two latent prints from the adhesive side of tape used to wrap the firearms in the carbon paper.

Those prints matched Brodhurst’s known fingerprints.

On May 4, 2017, while a passenger in a car, stopped at a DUI checkpoint, Brodhurst was apprehended in possession of a distribution quantity of marijuana.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

It was prosecuted by Meredith J. Edwards.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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