(EL PASO, Texas) — A Dallas truck driver is enjoying his first weekend of freedom in seven months after what his employer said was an “honest mistake” landed him in a Mexican prison.
Jabin Bogan was transporting a load of ammunition to a Phoenix gun shop in April when he said he made a wrong turn, causing him to cross the border into Mexico, where strict firearms laws are enforced.
“He told me he was coming from the warehouse, missed a turn, and was stuck one-way going south,” said Bogan’s manager at Demco Express, Denis Mekenye. “At that point he asked a cop how to make a U-turn and was told to go three or four miles, but at that point was in Mexico.”
Bogan was arrested when he tried to re-enter the United States near El Paso, Texas, with 268,000 rounds of ammunition in his truck.
He was released on Friday after his mother paid a fine, ABC News affiliate WFAA reported.
The father of one had an emotional reunion with his family over the holiday weekend.
“My son, that’s my motivation,” he told WFAA. “That kept me going every day. My mama is my strength — without my mama I wouldn’t be no where now. My family is my pride and joy.”
If convicted, Bogan could have faced more than 25 years in prison.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN