We reported on September 12, 2012, that a decision by a Mexican judge on a sentence for Jabin Akeem “Wrong Way” Bogan for “mistakenly” entering Mexico with a load of 268,000 rounds of NATO grade ammunition. That decision was inexplicably delayed. We now are learning from our sources in Mexico the reason for the delay.
Bogan had claimed back his GPS “malfunctioned” and forced him to enter Mexico on April 19, a claim that many of us have vigorously questioned. On September 25, I personally made a trip to El Paso / Juarez and retraced the route that Bogan would have taken, using not one, but two different GPS devices. My conclusions, shown here show the near impossibility of Bogans version of events occurring.
As it turns out, Mexican prosecutors vigorously objected to a Mexican Judges decision to reduce the charge against Bogan from smuggling to simple possession. The smuggling charge could have netted him a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. The reduced charge carries a sentence of anything from a fine and costs up to 2 to 6 years in a Federal Prison.
Part of the reason for the prosecutions objection is a report in El Diario, the Juarez daily newspaper who reported in their April 19, 2012 edition that Bogan had confessed to investigators that he “was supposed to meet two men in Juarez”. That makes a certain amount of sense despite the fact that the Mexican Customs Agents who had first contact with him, stated that once they stopped him from making an illegal u-turn, that he was cooperative with them. We also know that this website has received a remarkable number of page views on our coverage of Bogan from Mexican government ip’s.
Alytha Smith, Bogan’s mommy was reporting on LandLineNow on Friday that they were once again expecting the judge to release a decision in her sons case. This time, regarding the prosecutions appeal of the reduction in charges. And once again, as of this morning, there has nothing been announced by Mexican news media, the courts or the attorneys on either side.
Bogan has been held since April in Villa Aldama Federal Prison in the gulf coast state of Veracruz Mexico.
His mommy and handful of supporters have established a fund to pay his legal expenses, which according to them could include a fine of between $10,000.00 and $20,000.00 dollars and Court Costs of $58,000.00 or more. The court costs I personally question, but then considering who is behind this fund raising, I have no doubts someone is looking for a little “extra” for Bogan and his family once he’s released. We’ll continue to keep an eye on this.
35 years in the trucking business and living in Mexico for the past 15 years, make me uniquely qualified to offer my insight and opinion into the Mexican trucking industry and other border issues. A contributor to SiriuxXM Road Dog Channel 106 and to the award winning Lockridge Report, Mexico Trucker Online continues to publish the unvarnished truth about the subjects we cover.