U.S. Marine Shackled in Mexican Prison on Gun Charges

U.S. Marine Shackled in Mexican Prison on Gun Charges

The Sacramento Bee reports that prison authorities in Tijuana, Mexico, have once again shackled a decorated U.S. Marine veteran of two combat tours in Afghanistan to his cot in a prison infirmary, restraining each of his limbs, on charges of introducing outlawed weapons into Mexico. Let’s take a moment to point out that ILLEGAL Mexicans, many of whom are criminals, enter the United States of America every day, illegally, and are treated with more respect than our homeless Vets, and now one of our brave heroes in rotting in a Mexican jail handcuffed to a bed!


Family Photo courtesy Jill Tahmooressi/ MCT

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi looks down from his seat in a Marine combat vehicle during one of his combat tours in Afghanistan 2010-2012. Tahmooressi is now in a Tijuana prison on weapons charges.

Tahmooressi’s situation is similar to that of a another Florida Marine veteran who was held for four months in a Mexican border prison in 2012 for carrying an antique shotgun in his motor home on his way to surf in Costa Rica. A media uproar and pressure from U.S. legislators helped win the freedom of that Marine, Jon Hammar, who grew up in Miami. No thanks to the Obama administration.

Marine reservist, Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, who’s from Weston, Fla., outside Miami, drove his black Ford F-150 pickup through the San Ysidro, Calif., border crossing into Tijuana on April 1, carrying his worldly possessions, including three U.S.-registered firearms.

The Sacramento Bee continued saying that in a statement Andrew signed earlier this week, that he’d crossed the border inadvertently while he was looking for housing in the San Diego area so he could begin treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder at a nearby Veterans Affairs facility. Andrew had received his official PTSD diagnosis on March 20.

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“I accidentally drove into Mexico with 3 guns, a rifle (AR-15), a .45 cal pistol and a 12 gauge pump shotgun with no intentions on being in Mexico or being involved in any criminal activity,” Tahmooressi wrote in a signed privacy waiver this week for the office of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a Marine veteran himself whose district is near the border.

He served two combat tours in Afghanistan, winning a rare combat field promotion to sergeant in Helmand province. Earlier, in Marjah district, a homemade bomb upended his combat vehicle but he survived. In 2012, Andrew mustered out with an honorable discharge but he remains a reservist with a commitment until 2016.

Legislators, including Hunter and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat who lives in Weston and is the chair of the Democratic National Committee, have voiced concern about the case.

A spokesman for Wasserman Schultz, Sean Bartlett, said she’d “instructed her staff to get in touch with the State Department right away to ensure that Andrew’s case was being handled as expeditiously as possible.” He said the legislator was “in close contact with the State Department as the trial approaches.”

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/01/6371325/another-us-marine-shackled-in.html

Photos/Sacramento Bee


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