MIAMI – This week, Marshal Vivian Harris, 37, of Davie, Florida, and Wisler Majeure Jacques, 40, of Margate, Florida, appeared in federal court in Miami following their arrests for trafficking firearms without a license and possession or transfer of a machine gun.
According to court documents, federal agents began investigating Harris and Jacques in February. It is alleged that during that time, Jacques sold approximately 27 “ghost guns” and 48 autosears to investigators.
Ghost guns are untraceable firearms without serial numbers. Ghost weapons are often sold separately, requiring buyers to build them at home. Auto sears (also called switches) are small devices that, when added to a handgun, turn the handgun into a machine gun.
According to prosecutors, Jacques acquired the ghost guns from Harris before selling them to police. On April 25, law enforcement executed a federal search warrant at Harris’ home. During the search, agents found 3D printing equipment and a computerized milling machine designed to make firearm parts, as well as several partially completed ghost guns, according to prosecutors.
U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Christopher A. Robinson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Division, announced the charges.
The ATF Miami Field Division investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Gerarde is prosecuting the case.
This case and prosecution was conducted by members of the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force. Established in 1990, the South Florida HIDTA is comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that work together to target the region’s drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The South Florida HIDTA is funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which sponsors a number of initiatives focused on the nation’s threats to illicit drug trafficking.
An indictment contains only allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov under case numbers 23-mj-02790 and 23-mj-02789 .