St. Croix Man Sentenced on Firearm, Marijuana Charges

District Court Chief Judge Wilma A. Lewis on Friday sentenced 26-year-old Jahraun Malachi Brodhurst, of St. Croix, to 21 months’ imprisonment for his convictions on charges of mailing a firearm and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

Lewis also sentenced Brodhurst to 3 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a $200 special assessment.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Brodhurst on May 26, 2014, sent a U.S. priority mail parcel from Florida to St. Croix, Virgin Islands that contained a pistol and a 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. 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.

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The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Virgin Islands Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Meredith J. Edwards.

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