There has to be more protection for U.S. citizens when they cross the borders into other countries. There should never be a time when we cross a border and are incarcerated simply for making a wrong turn and carrying the wrong thing.
Jabin Bogan, 27,now knows too well how unprotected American citizens are in Mexico. They were able to hold him in jail even though he told them that he was transporting ammunition for his company. But it didn’t matter, they were going for the jugular because of a simple mistake they wanted to use to send a message.
According to the New York Daily News, Bogan got off on the wrong exit in El Paso, Texas, and ended up in Mexico. He may have been able to do a U-turn and get out of there unscathed if he wasn’t transporting ammunition.
He was transporting the ammunition from El Paso to Phoenix, Arizona, for United Nations Ammunition. Bogan got confused and was put on an exit ramp going south and he couldn’t get off or turn around. When he told the border patrol what happened and revealed that he ammunition, one guard told him,
“In this side of the country it’s illegal to have bullets.’
That’s when Bogan said, “That’s when everything went upside down they took me in and never let me out.”
He was held for seven months in a maximum security prison in Mexico. He was the only African American in the entire prison and he, admittedly, felt like doing something desperate.
“Some days I gave up hope. Some days I felt like God was, to be honest in my heart, like God was laughing. Like he was just punishing me for no reason. I felt like just giving up.”
Anyone would feel that way! If it weren’t for his mother’s perseverance, he might have been there for the next 30 years. She was able to pay a fine, but not before securing attorneys that would argue on his behalf. The judge ended up giving him a sentence of three years, but the ruling was later commuted for time served and a fine.
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