Mexican judge drops ammo charge against American trucker

By Reed Black, Land Line Now staff reporter | Friday, August 24, 2012

An American trucker whose wrong turn took him into Mexico with a load of ammunition no longer faces a possible 30-year prison term. On Thursday, Aug. 23, a Mexican judge reduced the charge against Jabin Akeem Bogan from ammunition smuggling to simple possession of ammunition.

The possession charge can carry a six-year sentence, but El Paso-based attorney Carlos Spector, who is Bogan’s lawyer, hopes he’ll get off with a fine or community service.

Bogan crossed the border at El Paso on April 17, 2012, with a load of 268,000 rounds of ammunition that he was trying to deliver to a Phoenix gun shop. Bogan was a driver for Demco Express of Euless, TX, a company that is no longer authorized to operate.

According to his attorney, he said Bogan’s GPS misled him and he crossed into Mexico accidentally.

Mexican prosecutors accused him of smuggling, but Mexican border guards at the Ciudad Juarez crossing said Bogan was trying to turn around and that he made no attempt to conceal the load of bullets.

Bogan’s mother, Aletha Smith, and his attorneys and other members of the Bogan family have been actively battling to convince the Mexican government that the ammunition charge was unfair for “an accident.” Smith has been trying to get her son out of the maximum security prison in Veracruz, Mexico where he’s been held since his arrest in April.

Smith spoke at a press conference Aug. 23 in Dallas during the Great American Trucking Show. Shortly before the press conference, she provided new details to “Land Line Now” Host Mark Reddig and said she was hopeful her son would be home soon.

Editor’s note: Mark Reddig’s complete interview with Bogan’s mother, Aletha Smith, is scheduled for an upcoming program. “Land Line Now” can be heard each day at 7-8 p.m. and at 11-12 a.m. on Sirius XM 106.

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