U.S. trucker jailed in Mexico

For the Record



Demco Express driver Jabin Akeem Bogan faces charges on smuggling ammunition into Mexico after he missed his exit in El Paso and wound up in a lane designated for Juarez, Chihuahua. Mexican authorities imprisoned Bogan April 16 for the 268,000 rounds of ammunition bound for Phoenix.

Bogan’s supervisor, Dennis Mekenye, said Bogan was en route to his third stop in El Paso, Texas, on April 16. After that stop, he was scheduled to deliver the ammunition to Phoenix, but missed his exit.

The 27-year-old Dallas resident said a law enforcement officer told him he could continue on the Bridge of the Americas, then do a U-turn and return to El Paso. Mekenye said Bogan didn’t provide any other information about the officer.

Bogan could face up to 30 years in prison on smuggling charges.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered Texas-based Denny Mekenye, doing business as Demco Express and/or Demco Trans Inc., to immediately cease all transportation services based on serious safety violations that posed an imminent hazard to public safety.

FMCSA investigators discovered, among other infractions, that the company falsified drivers’ records of duty status; allowed its drivers to operate with commercial driver’s licenses that had been suspended, revoked, or disqualified; and did not conduct proper controlled substances testing of its drivers.

Carlos Spector, who has gained recognition for asylum and immigration litigation, is representing Bogan.