A Marine veteran and his children accidentally crossed into the border into Mexico with guns in his vehicle. He was detained by Mexican authorities and held for questioning.
Retired Marine First Sergeant Jeromie Slaughter, 38, was taking his kids on a hunting trip to a deer lease at Rocksprings, Texas, according to Click2Houston.com. The Marine wasn’t familiar with the area and had never visited the lease location.
Slaughter accidentally crossed the border on the Texas/Mexico border at the Del Rio crossing, about 70 miles from Rocksprings ranch and ended up on a road leading to Ciudad Acuna, Mexico.
“He knew they were lost and when he seen the sign that said ‘no guns,’ you know, no weapons, he knew that he had gone too far,” Slaughter’s mother Beverly McKinney, told the Houston TV station.
Once Slaughter found himself on a bridge leading to Mexico, he realized he had made a wrong turn. He asked the Mexican authorities if he could turn around at the crossing checkpoint, but was denied. The authorities discovered three hunting rifles and several boxes of ammunition in his vehicle. The Mexican authorities detained the Slaughter and his children.
Eventually Slaughter called his mother, the news outlet reported. Slaughter’s family came down and picked up the children and escorted them back to the U.S.
High ranking authorities were contacted including the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and the assistant Secretary of State for Mexico. Eventually a settlement was negotiated with Slaughter’s release.
In August, 2014, Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi was released after an lengthy stay of 150 days in prison and several requests from family and elected officials calling for his release. Tahmooressi accidentally crossed into Mexico in Southern California.
Earlier in 2012, another Marine, Jon Hammar, was detained in Mexico and subsequently released after crossing in Texas. Hammar brought a sixty-year-old Sears and Roebuck .410 shotgun, according to Breitbart News. They reported that the Marine had been told by U.S. Customs officials that the gun would be allowed to be brought into Mexico, but it was deemed illegal after Mexican officials measured the barrel. Eventually Hammar was released and the charges were dropped.
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