Her name is America Zubia Saenz and she is the Mexican customs agent who had first contact with Jabin Akeem Bogan, the driver for Demco Express who was arrested on April 17 with 268,000 rounds of NATO grade ammunition in his trailer.
Agent Saenz is of the “new breed” of Mexican Customs agents. College educated and a graduate of the Mexican academy that trains it’s agents, part of a program put in place a couple of years ago to replace the old corrupt system with well trained, honest and educated young professionals who take pride in their work.
Agent Saenz testified on May 29 that Bogan was attempting to make an illegal u-turn to go back to the United States when she stopped him and ordered him into the Mexican customs compound. She further testified that Bogan produced documents for the truck and the bill of lading for the load at her request.
Bogan was immediately arrested and charged with introduction of ammunition reserved for exclusive use of the military and remains incarcerated at the CEFERESO Villa Aldama in the state of Veracruz.
In her deposition, Agent Saenz said she first spotted Bogan in the lane reserved for auto traffic into Mexico where he was creating a traffic jam and where commercial vehicles are prohibited from entering. Signs in this area are in both Spanish and English and very visible. At that point is when she ordered Bogan into the “yellow zone” for inspection.
[pullquote_right] De La Rosa said, he would settle for a charge of possession of ammunition. That carries a possible prison sentence of two to six years but could easily be converted into a fine because Bogan has no prison record [/pullquote_right]
Two other customs agents, Federico Anaya and Adriana Ramirez, told the judge the bullets were loaded in boxes on several pallets inside the trailer. They said that while the bullets were wrapped in plastic, they were easy to spot once inside the trailer.
According to a report by AP reporter Juan Carlos Llorca;
Jose De La Rosa, Bogan’s lawyer in Mexico, said that by showing the bullets were not hidden and that his client had all the corresponding paperwork, his hopes to persuade the judge to throw out the charge of clandestine smuggling of military ammunition. It carries a possible prison term of five to 30 years.
Instead, De La Rosa said, he would settle for a charge of possession of ammunition. That carries a possible prison sentence of two to six years but could easily be converted into a fine because Bogan has no prison record, De La Rosa said.
De La Rosa said he wants Bogan transferred to Ciudad Jaurez, where all of the judicial proceedings in his case will be carried out.
This breaking story along with the statement of Bogans Mexican attorney confirms our earlier statements that supporters of Jabin Bogan were merely making up scenarios without factual basis to further their agenda.
Bogan’s boss, Demco Express owner Dennis Mekenye, and attorney Carlos Spector were both adament that Bogan was never asked for documentation concerning his load. This turns out now to be untrue.
Based on Agents Saenz statement to the Judge, Bogan was attempting to make an unauthorized u-turn when he was ordered into the Customs compound. This tells us that initially Bogan chose to ignore the signs for commercial vehicles and chose instead to continue straight ahead in the lanes reserved for empty vehicles. This action could contribute to additional charges being made.
It appears that Agent Saenz did her job by the book, asking the correct questions and requesting the documentation required of all commercial vehicles entering into Mexico. It also debunks the claims of those who say Bogan was unjustly arrested without due process of the law.
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