Family calls Mexican ammunition bust an honest mistake

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - The family of a Dallas truck driver jailed in Mexico is calling his arrest a horrible mistake.

Jabin Bogan, 27, was arrested by Mexican authorities as he tried to do a U-turn at the border outside of El Paso Tuesday.

Bogan was transporting 268,000 rounds of ammunition to Phoenix when his family says he took a wrong turn and ended up at the border.

"I do know my son was not trying to deliver some guns or some drugs to nobody for no reason," said his mother, Aletha Smith.

Smith spoke with U.S. Embassy officials and visited the office of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Thursday.

Bogan works for Demco Express, based out of Euless.

His boss, Dennis Mekenye, gave News 8 the work order showing he was delivering the bullets from a manufacturing company in Tennessee to a ammo company in Phoenix, Arizona.

"It was an honest mistake," Mekenye said. "He missed the exit and found himself in Mexico with [that] ammo, those bullets."

Bogan is being held under the jurisdiction of the organized crime unit, since he faces charges for violating federal firearms laws. If convicted, he could be imprisoned for 25 years or more.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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