Marine Reserve Sgt Andrew Tahmooressi is in jail in Mexico without bail after taking a wrong turn. He wound up at the Mexican border crossing with all of his possessions in his vehicle, including three guns registered to him.
After two tours in Afghanistan and recovering from PTSD, Tahmooressi just wanted to start a new life in San Diego in a community with friends. He may end up starting a new life in Mexican prison, unless the US State Department intervenes or Mexican officials come to their senses. As Marine Corps Times reported, Tahmooressi was on the way to see friends.
“I was going to call them after I drove off the exit, but I never got off the exit, I blew right past it,” he told the [U-T San Diego] in an interview from jail. “I wasn’t paying attention, thinking I had way farther to go. I ended up in Mexico with no way to turn around.”
Tahmooressi told Mexican authorities there were three legally registered guns inside the truck he had recently driven from Florida to San Diego. He told reporter Sandra Dibble of U-T San Diego.
I said, “I have three guns,” and I showed them where the guns were. And they check out the guns, and I say, “I didn’t even mean to be in Mexico. It was a mistake for me to be here. Can I just go back to the border?” Five minutes later I was surrounded by like 20 military officials and police officers with guns watching me.
What message does Tahmooressi have for the folks back home?
I’d like them to know that coming to Mexico was an accident. I never meant to be in Mexico, and that I had no bad intentions. I had no intentions of smuggling, or selling my weapons, or anything of that sort. And that I’m a pretty decent guy, a good man with good morals. I believe in God, and I put my faith in God that He will take care of me.
Tahmooressi is being held in Tijuana’s La Mesa Penitentiary without bail.
The White House petition to free Tahmooressi has over 89,000 signatures.