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U.S. Marine Veteran Takes Wrong Turn, Ends Up In Mexican Prison

U.S. Marine Veteran Takes Wrong Turn, Ends Up In Mexican Prison

A U.S. Marine veteran's wrong turn landed him in a Mexican prison, and now congressional leaders are trying to get him out.

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi says he was headed to meet friends for dinner in a border town last March, but he ended up at a border crossing point in Tijuana.

The 25-year-old had several guns in his truck - all legally bought and owned, but because guns are illegal in Mexico, Tahmooressi was arrested. He's currently being held under maximum security at the notorious La Mesa jail without bail.

Tahmooressi served two tours in Afghanistan and suffered a severe concussion when his combat vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device, also known as an IED. His mother told Fox News he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, as well as what she calls directional dysfunctionality, which causes him to constantly get lost in familiar places.

A California congressman has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to help get Tahmooressi released. And U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida sent a request to the US Consulate in Tijuana also asking for his release or at least to be transferred to a single cell.


Judicial proceedings for a trial are set to begin at the end of May.

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Tyler May 05 2014 at 2:21 PM

Obama show them we dont take crap from no one.You Obama your self go to the front door and tell them to let that Man go right now. Or we will show them what the USA is.
This man is a US Marine. Go get him..

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rgkarasiewicz Tyler May 05 2014 at 2:49 PM

It could have been an archbishop for that matter, but he nevertheless would be subservient to that country's statutes.

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lobsters3 May 05 2014 at 3:08 PM

I would have to agree with reviewer based on how would you end up at the border of "T"
with weapons and PTS seriously. I think everyone has a case of memory loss sometime in our lives however, we are also given common sense that comes alive when you see yourself in foreign soil by yourself. Common sense reminds me that I need to better plan my trips way more practical. In other words leave the illegal stuff behind until you get back home otherwise you will find yourself delayed in getting back home. :(

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BajaBeachie May 05 2014 at 3:08 PM

There are signs posted on the freeways and roads approaching the border crossings into Mexico stating that Guns Are Illegal in Mexico. This is Sgt. Tahmooressi's fault. We expect those coming into the U.S. to abide by our laws. The Mexican law is posted in ENGLISH on OUR side of the border. It was Sgt. Tahmooressi's responsibility to look where he was driving, know the laws, and abide by them.

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surferlaments BajaBeachie May 05 2014 at 3:21 PM

good grief.

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Recon BajaBeachie May 05 2014 at 3:36 PM

You have never served in a combat zone have you. never been fired upon or seen friends killed or been mortar, you need a life. Every have TBI or PTSD you need to understand it before you spout off.

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bodaisylukeduke May 05 2014 at 3:15 PM

break him out and then blow up mexico

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tanked113 May 05 2014 at 3:27 PM

Did anyone actually watch this video all the way through it clearly states that he suffers from a disorder, that he obtained while in the serves of this country, and causes him to become lost in familiar places. you can not call some one who suffers with any sort of disability "stupid" and be taken seriously. I pray this is brought to a proper conclusion soon for he does not deserve to be in prison over a wrong turn.

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Richard tanked113 May 05 2014 at 3:36 PM

He is not in prison for a wrong turn.

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Mike tanked113 May 05 2014 at 4:15 PM

Per the laws of the nation he entered, this has already gone to its proper conclusion.

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Kenny May 05 2014 at 3:29 PM

he is not black ........no help coming

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Hello Neo! May 05 2014 at 3:31 PM

Ok lets get this straight. One of our US military personel crosses their border and gets arrested and put in prison. Yet there are millions of illegal aliens in our country from Mexico and we don't do anything. Not even to slow their entrance into this country. Yep, we have ding bats in office don't we.

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Richard May 05 2014 at 3:31 PM

PTSD ex-Marine with weapons ... what could possibly go wrong?

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Bill Palazzo Richard May 05 2014 at 3:54 PM

Can't be any worse than a President with a phone and a pen.

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Gordon May 05 2014 at 3:35 PM

Send in Seal team and extradite

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bmitche May 05 2014 at 3:03 PM

The last place you ever want to be is in a Mexican prison.

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Richard bmitche May 05 2014 at 3:31 PM

Next to last; the last place is a Turkish prison !

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Gordon bmitche May 05 2014 at 3:36 PM

The last place you ever want be is a Thai prison trust me.

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