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U.S. Marine Fighting to be Released from Mexican Jail

Updated: Thursday, June 26 2014, 10:46 AM CDT

According to Mexican officials, Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi broke the law on the night of March 31st when he crossed into the country. He entered Mexico from California with a pistol, rifle and shotgun in his vehicle. Personal firearms legal in the United States, but in Mexico, they're illegal.

The Marine reserve was questioned and detained; thrown into La Mesa prison in Tijuana. Mexican officials say Sgt. Tahmooressi was trafficking weapons. They say he never once told them he was a U.S. Marine, or that he might be lost, and they claim since the Marine has been locked up he's tried to escape twice.

The sergeant, who says he's been tortured by guards since his arrest, says they're not telling the truth. Tahmooressi says he crossed the border by accident, and that he even called 9-1-1 during the arrest.

Sgt. Tahmooressi says the only reason he wound up in Mexico is because of a couple of wrong left turns. He says he immediately notified authorities that he was carrying weapons. "They're going to say a whole bunch of lies, and they're already saying a whole bunch of lies, I just know that the truth will set me free," Tahmooressi said in a phone interview.

Sgt. Tahmooressi's mother pleaded for help from the American officials, as two U.S. lawmakers visited the sergeant over the weekend, lobbying for his release. "Please President Obama if you could reach out to your counterpart President Nieto, and help him understand that he is a decorated Marine!" says the sergeant's mother Jill Tahmooressi.

Tahmooressi was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after two deployments to Afghanistan. The marine is from Florida, but he was being treated in San Diego at the time of the arrest. 

U.S. Marine Fighting to be Released from Mexican Jail


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