We’re getting information that the Judge hearing the case of Dallas trucker Jabin Akeem Bogan, who was caught in April with 268,000 rounds of NATO grade ammunition in Cd. Juarez, will announce his decision this morning, Monday, August 20, 2012.
The information comes from his mother, Aletha Smith, who is not the most reliable of sources, says she is planning a trip to Las Vegas with her son if he comes home.
Bogan was caught at the Bridge of the America’s international crossing after he supposedly made a wrong turn and ended up on the Mexican side. His mommy and other supporters claim Bogan was instructed to cross the bridge and enter Mexico to turn around by Border Patrol or Customs officials, both agencies denying they had any contact with Bogan on the day in question.
Bogan, 27, through his mommy and his attorney Carlos Spector has claimed since the day of his arrest that his GPS malfunctioned, directing him to Mexico and like a damned fool rookie, he blindly followed the directions of the GPS.
His attorney in Mexico, José Emilio de la Rosa, said he has requested a federal appeals court in Juárez to reduce his charges from trafficking to possession of ammunition. A ruling on this request is what is expected today.
Mexican customs officials also testified he was trying to turn and, when asked, cooperating and showed paperwork showing the ammunition was destined for a wholesaler in Arizona.
But questions still remain of Bogan’s real intent, especially after a report in the spanish language newspaper El Heraldo of Juarez that claimed Bogan, in an interview with authorities admitted he was crossing to meet with “two men”, who like the phantom US officers who supposedly instructed Bogan to cross into Mexico to make his turnaround, have never been found nor identified.
If federal magistrate judge Víctor Manuel Flores Jiménez accedes, Bogan would qualify for conditional release while he waits for his trial. He would not be allowed to leave the country until then, De la Rosa said. (Anyone want to bet if Bogan was given “conditional release”, all we’d see would be his hind end hotfooting it for the border?)
While it is entirely possible that Bogan did make a stupid boneheaded mistake and the Judge drops the more serious charge of “introducing ammunition into Mexico that is exclusive for the military” and carries up to 30 years in Federal prison, the more likely scenario is Bogan will be found guilty of “possession of ammunition”, a less serious charge, for which, whatever the reason, he is guilty. This charge could net him as little as time served up to 6 years.
Bogan’s former employer DEMCO Express was issued an Out of Service order by the FMCSA shortly after Bogan’s arrest and the owner, Dennis Mekenye, has not been heard from in months.
We’ll keep you posted as this story continues to develop. The Courts in Cd. Juarez open at 0900 MDST, about 1/2 hour from now. The announcement should be made shortly thereafter if our information is correct.
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