Family travels to border seeking freedom for jailed Dallas trucker

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 2:41 AM

DALLAS - The family of a local truck driver, who has been jailed in Mexico for two weeks, is traveling to the border to try and get answers and secure his release.

The mother, girlfriend and boss of Jabin Bogan, 27, are flying to El Paso Tuesday to meet with an attorney.

"I'm very aggravated and I'm mad, because he shouldn't be there," said his girlfriend, Tonya Davis. "He should be here with family, with his child, not in Mexico."

Davis said she hasn't told their six-year-old son, Jokobe, where Jabin is. She's trying to hide it until he comes home.

"He's asked where his daddy is; why he's been gone so long," Davis said. "I made up little fairy tales, because I don't want to hurt his feelings."

Bogan has been held in a Mexico jail since April 17. He was arrested for transporting ammunition illegally into the country.

His family said Bogan turned down the wrong road, and was trying to make U-turn at the Mexican border when he was arrested.

Davis was among a few dozen supporters who rallied support for Bogan Saturday in Dallas. Bogan's boss, Demco Express Operations Manager Dennis Mekenye, is also vouching for his employee's innocence.

"I thought it was something which was going to take maybe a few hours to get settled, but apparently it's almost 14 days now," Mekenye said.

The company's $80,000 truck, which was carrying the load, is also being held in Mexico.

"I've had some drivers that told me they have made the same turn before, and they were able to go make a U-turn and come back in [the United States] with no big issue," Mekenye said.

The Dallas truck driver was transporting more than 250,000 rounds of ammunition to a company in Arizona.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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