U.S. Marine released from Mexican jail after 214 days of imprisonmentPosted by Brinkley Branch on November 1, 2014
On Friday, a Mexican judge ordered Former U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi’s release from his imprisonment for a weapons offense. Sgt. Tahmooressi was arrested by Mexican Customs Agents after they confiscated 3 weapons out of his vehicle.
Leading up to Tahmooressi’s release, thousands of Americans have rallied together for his freedom, organizing protest, social media campaigns, and even successfully getting the signatures for a White House petition to gain attention from the president and other Government officials.
“It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in Mexican jail,” a relative said in a statement Friday night.
Mexico’s strict weapon’s law restrict possession of certain firearms to the military; possession of these weapons is a federal offense. The country is in the process of tightening border checks to stop the influx of these weapons from the U.S. that have, in the past made their way into the hands of drug cartels.
Tahmooressi had recently made the move from Florida to San Diego, claims to have taken a wrong turn off of a California highway and over the border to Mexico. The weapons he possessed were a .45 caliber pistol, a 12 gauge shotgun, and an AR 15 rifle.
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