Locals charged in gun shipping case

Four men, at least two of whom are from Cayman, are facing firearms related charges in the US federal courts that were brought against them earlier this year.

According to federal court indictments obtained by the Caymanian Compass, three of the men are accused of conspiring to smuggle firearms into the Cayman Islands via a freight forwarder located in Broward County, Florida.

The fourth man is charged with illegally possessing a .40 calibre Glock semi-automatic pistol as a non-immigrant alien having been admitted to the United States.

It was unclear from court records whether the two indictments had any connection to each other.

According to federal court records, David Gilbert Lyons, Mitchell Anthony Brown, and Brittanio Jermie Walton each face five counts in the indictment alleging they conspired to ship firearms, attempted to export firearms, delivered firearms to a common carrier without notice, attempted to ship firearms with obliterated serial numbers, and possessed firearms with serial numbers obliterated.

Federal court records indicated that Mr. Lyons travelled from Grand Cayman to Miami on 2 April to meet up with Mr. Walton and Mr. Brown.

On 10 April, the charge alleges that the three drove to Pennsylvania to obtain firearms and returned to Miami about four days later.

Attempting to cover up what they were shipping, the federal court indictment alleges that the three men went to a Home Depot store in Hialeah, Florida to buy light fixtures, ceiling fans, a hedge trimmer, and a window air conditioning unit.

Two days later, court records charge that seven boxes containing the items bought at Home Depot were delivered to a freight forwarder in Port Everglades, Broward County, Florida.

‘All (the items) concealed firearms and ammunition,’ the indictment stated.

The indictment did not specify the amount of weapons and ammunition the three men were attempting to ship. The items were merely described as firearms, ammunition, and gun parts.

In the separate indictment, Marvin Matthew Watson has been charged with possessing a firearm in the US ‘which had been transported in interstate or foreign commerce’ in violation of US law.

Read much more about this story in Monday’s Caymanian Compass….