Trucker in ammo case is taken to Mexico City
By Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera \ EL PASO TIMES
Posted: 04/20/2012 12:00:00 AM MDT
Reporter: Alejandro Martinez-Cabrera
The U.S. trucker who was detained this week by Mexican authorities
with 268,000 rounds of ammunition has been taken to Mexico City by
federal investigators specializing in organized crime.
Jabin Akeem Bogan, 27, was flown to Mexico City on Thursday morning
by personnel of the organized crime special investigation unit of the
Mexican Attorney General's Office, or PGR, said José Angel Torres
Valadez, spokes man for the agency in the northern region.
The investigation will continue there, he said.
Bogan was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the Córdova-Americas
international bridge after Mexican customs officers inspected his
tractor-trailer and found several boxes containing the ammunition.
The seizure was one of the largest by Mexican authorities in Juárez
in the past four years.
The bullets were calibers 7.62x39 and 5.56x45, which are commonly
used with AK047 and AR-15 rifles. They are often used by members of
Mexican criminal organizations.
On Wednesday, Dennis Mekenye, owner of Arlington-based Demco
Transportation Inc. and Bogan's employer, said his driver took a
wrong turn that accidentally landed him in Mexico.
The cargo was being hauled from Johnson City, Tenn., and was meant to
be delivered to United Nations Ammo Co., an ammunition shop in
Phoenix, Mekenye said.
The store's owner said on Wednesday that the ammunition order had a
value of $100,000.
Federal authorities still haven't announced whether they will charge
Bogan with any crime. Ê
Mexican authorities have 48 hours to decide whether they will
continue with an investigation.
However, federal officials said the decision would not be announced
earlier than today.
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