Photo Sent to Family of Ex-Marine Jailed in Notorious Mexican Prison Over Antique Shotgun
By Veterans Today
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Devastating photo sent to family of ex-Marine jailed in notorious Mexican CEDES prison over antique shotgun
The agents allowed the two to continue, and allegedly said that the gun, which apparently belonged to Hammars great-grandfather, wouldn’t be an issue at the Mexican checkpoint.
Yet when Hammar told Mexican border agents about the gun, he and his friend were immediately handcuffed. The friend was later released.
Olivia Hammar of Palmetto Bay, Fla., hasnt visited CEDES yet. But her husband, who went back in September, said there is so much foot traffic in the jail that anyone could have snapped the photo.
Hundreds of people walk by everyday, it would be really easy to take a picture, Olivia explained, adding that she believes the person responsible is a sympathizer.
CEDES is one of the most infamous prisons in Mexico given that many of its inmates are linked to some of the countys most dangerous drug cartels. The cartels are believed to have a say in what happens at the facility.
Olivia and her husband, as well as U.S. lawmakers, are grappling with why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents allegedly told Hammar it would be okay to carry the gun and why Mexican border agents simply didnt turn the ex-Marine around.
I dont understand why the administration wouldn’t have intervened by now, Olivia said. For a former Marine. For any U.S. citizen in general.
There appears to be some confusion over whe’ther Hammars shotgun qualifies as a restricted weapon in Mexico.
The federal prosecutor in the case says that Hammars 24-inch-long barrel is one inch shorter than the countrys requirement of 25 inche’s, Fox News reported.
Hammars lawyer, Eddie Varon-Levy, said that the prosecution never agreed on how to officially measure the gun.
Hammar is set to appear in court on Jan. 17, 2013. He faces up to 12 years in prison for possessing a weapon used by the Mexican army.
His family, however, hopes that the case will ultimately be dropped.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the Hammars local representative and chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has drawn up a petition demanding Hammars release. Over 20 lawmakers have since lent their signatures.
Olivia, however, says there has been little sign of progress.
Nothing, Olivia said. Unless there are talks going on at higher levels, nothing has changed.
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