The arrest of two Broward County men brought attention to the rising concern of the illegal sale of untraceable firearms and machine gun components in South Florida.
The suspects, Marshal Vivian Harris and Wisler Majeure Jacques, were arrested and charged for their alleged involvement in the trade of “ghost guns” and “switches.”
These untraceable firearms, lacking serial numbers, are frequently sold disassembled, requiring buyers to assemble them at home. Auto sears, or “switches,” are small devices that convert handguns into machine guns. The suspects were charged with dealing firearms without a license and possession or transfer of a machine gun.
The Department of Justice confirmed the arrests and stated that Harris and Jacques appeared in federal court in Miami to face the charges. The investigation into their illegal activities began in February, and detectives discovered that Jacques had sold approximately 27 ghost guns and 48 auto sears to undercover investigators.
Jacques allegedly acquired the ghost guns from Harris before selling them to law enforcement personnel. The authorities executed a federal search warrant at Harris’ residence, yielding significant evidence, including 3D printing equipment and a computerized mill machine specifically designed for manufacturing firearm components. Agents also discovered several partially completed ghost guns.
The rise of untraceable firearms in the hands of criminals poses a significant risk to public safety. This case serves as a reminder of the need for stricter regulations to prevent the illegal sale and use of such weapons.