Mexican customs officials corroborate trucker’s story

| June 21, 2012
Jabin Bogan.

A U.S. trucker whose wrong turn landed him in a Mexican prison has found support for his story in some interesting places: Mexican customs agents and the El Paso City Council.

On June 19, council members unanimously approved a resolution urging the two nations work to free Jabin Akeem Bogan, who’s been incarcerated in a Veracruz federal prison since April 17.

The Demco Express driver’s cargo of 268,000 rounds of ammunition from Johnson City, Tenn., was destined for United Nations Ammo in Phoenix, according to supervisor Dennis Mekenye. The 27-year-old Dallas resident was headed to a third stop in El Paso before his final destination when he missed his exit and landed in a lane designated for Juarez, Chihuahua.

Bogan, who had been a Demco Express driver for three years, asked a Bridge of the Americas official for help, who instructed him to drive straight, do a U-turn and return to Texas.

When he attempted to do so, Mexican federal officials searched his truck. Later, a Mexican federal prosecutor charged him with “clandestinely introducing arms into Mexico used exclusively by the military,” which carries a 30-years prison term.

Council members reviewed case testimony and evidence, including Mexican customs agents’ preliminary investigation. That indicated Bogan’s truck was positioned just before the Juarez entry lanes and that he was trying to return to Texas through a non-authorized route.

Federal Judge Carlos Miguel Garcia Trevino of the 5th Judicial District, Chihuahua, echoed that conclusion May 14.

Three additional Mexican custom agents swore under oath before Trevino that the cargo was on open pallets and covered in plastic, yet another indication the trucker was not attempting to smuggle the ammo.

A Texas congressman, an online petition and a website, www.freejabin.com, have rallied support for releasing Bogan.

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  • Matt Dougherty

    Just wanted to offer a quick correction — I first obtained the initial arrest documents, and it was a “US border law-enforcement official” who originally told Bogan to make the U-Turn, according to Bogan’s statement ot police.
    Your subhead reads “Mexican officials” told him that.
    This will be a pivotal point of contention in the weeks/months to come.

    Thanks,

    Matt Dougherty
    Anchor/Reporter
    KVIA-TV (ABC)

  • jr hix

    Just go get the guy. Pretend like he was a drug dealer the US wanted and get him. Mexican soverignity be damned. Or just threaten to no longer allow US manufacturing to move to Mexico. Bottom line is he’s just a danged old trucker and who cares. Sad but true. God bless him and his family.

  • Jonathan Rutledge

    If our president had any spine he would demand the return of the driver,the truck and it’s full cargo immediately or face further action up to and including taking it back by force.

  • David Schmidt

    Well it’s our goverments property they have. Go over there in force and show the drug lords whoes boss still. That is were the ammunition will end up if it’s over there to long. As for the driver the president needs to grow some balls and make a call.

  • PM Corn

    The uninformed stupidity of some commenters never ceases to amaze me.

  • PM Corn

    Yeah Matt, but what people are failing to acknowledge that this fool is guilty of possession of ammunition in Mexico, still a crime, without regard to how he came into possession of it.

    Another factor folks are ignoring is Bogan’s extensive criminal record in the United States, including the fact he is on probation for an aggravated robbery charge. Bogan is not the poor innocent terrified of being locked in prison as some portray him. Matter of fact, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the “friends” he makes in Villa Aldama doesn’t put him into a new career on the streets of Dallas. Jus’ saying!

  • Mike M

    Did you forget that no one cares about truckers?

  • d norton

    welcome to america, home of the uninformed who put this gutless wonder into the whitehouse

  • Dennis R

    And yet we hear Mexico complain about our enforcement of immigration law and say that it’s inhuman. Let’s close the border for 90 days, complete shutdown, with troops lined up from Brownsville to San Diego and see how fast that stops the drug and illegal trade business. That will change some attitudes south of here.

  • Sindy G

    He may be connected to “Fast and Furious” scandal and the current administration don’t want him to be released or he might talk!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003350778536 Jacinto Chavez Alvarado

    Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. Profesionalism of a driver with three years service provides a less margin for any type of error. Possesion is 9/10 of the law. Someone has to feed the “Fast and Furios” weapon stockpile. Current death count has past 50,000. Zero tolarance.