No charges yet for American trucker held by Mexico crime unit

By Land Line staff | Thursday, April 26, 2012

The fate of an American truck driver who says he crossed into Mexico by mistake with a load of high-power rifle ammo remains unknown, but help appears to be stepping up. ABC Channel 7 in El Paso reported Thursday, April 26, that El Paso attorney Carlos Spector is working on behalf of the Dallas trucking company who employs the driver.

Dennis Mekenye, CEO of Dallas-based Demco Express, told “Land Line Now” that he’s heard unconfirmed reports that his driver, 27-year-old Jabin Bogan, will be charged soon by Mexican prosecutors for possession of ammunition.

On April 17, Bogan drove into Mexico in error as he was hauling 268,000 rounds of ammunition bound for Arizona. He was transporting the ammunition from a manufacturer in Johnson City, TN, to an ammo dealer in Phoenix.

Bogan told his employer he made a wrong turn and got onto a bridge into Mexico, but was told by a police officer he could make a u-turn and cross back into the states. He was arrested by Mexican customs agents after crossing the Bridge of the Americas from El Paso to Juarez.

The Dallas trucker is being held by Mexico’s organized crime unit.

Possession of ammunition or weapons is a serious offense in Mexico and according to the El Paso Times, Bogan could get more than 25 years in prison if convicted.

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