Howie Glaser, owner of United Nations Ammo Company of Phoenix Arizona, and one of the players in the saga of US trucker Jabin Bogan, charged in Mexico with smuggling prohibited ammunition into the country, seems to be losing all pretense of concern for the welfare of Bogan.
Glaser’s underlying message at the end of the day is “Give me back my bullets!”
On his website, gone is the banner exhorting people to help free the “wrongfully imprisoned” US trucker and in it’s place, a pitch for “golf ball launchers”? That’s right folks, golf ball launchers, a device that attaches to the end of your grandma’s AK-47 or AR-15 and propels golf balls “hundreds of yards” (We imagine it could be made to propel something much more deadly, perhaps of the 40mm variety.)
There’s also two videos of interest on his website. Both are interviews by a moderator from NRA.com part of the National Rifle Association, so you know the slant there.
The first video, Glaser is being interviewed and continuously bemoans the fact of his loss and how devastating it is to him. He mentions this on a 3 to 1 ratio of his concern for the driver. [youtube_lightbox source=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ3JwDQVxUM” image=”” title=”Interview with Howie Glaser, owner United Nations Ammo Co.” width=”640″ height=”480″ align=”left”]
It’s nothing you haven’t heard before if you’ve been following this story as we have. The story changes just enough to fit the audience they are targeting.
The second video is also produced by NRA.com and features Carlos Spector, the El Paso attorney “coordinating” things on this side of the border and making certain people are riled up with impotent anger over Bogan’s predicament. [youtube_lightbox source=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KebCeDJMbec” image=”” title=”Interview with El Paso Attorney Carlos Spector” width=”640″ height=”480″ align=”left”]
Both Glaser and Spector continue to maintain Bogan is being held as a political prisoner, which he is not, at least in the context his supporters want you to believe.
But what is revealing in this case is not what is being said, but what is being sugar coated by Glaser and the others. They type of ammunition that Bogan was carrying.
Glaser continues to maintain that the load was a legal load (which it was, in the US) of munitions used by sportsmen and hunters and consisted of 250,000 rounds of .308 cartridges and 18,000 rounds of .223 ammo packed in 16 cases of 1200 rounds, which if it hadn’t been lost, would be sold out in a days time. He scoffs at the idea that these munitions would fit the weapons used by the drug gangs in Mexico, and, depending on what day it is and who he is talking to, the ammo is also for sniper rifles and M-14 Ceremonial rifles, of the type used at military funerals.
What Glaser doesn’t want people to know, especially those that might otherwise believe that this load of ammunition is for hunters is that the .308 winchester cartridge also carries a NATO designation, 7.62mm. And while it may not work in the AK-47, it functions perfectly well in other assault style weapons found in Mexico and used by the drug gangs, such as, perhaps, the H&K G3? The drug gangs in Mexico are not married to any particular type and style of weapon, although the AK is preferred because of it’s ease of use and power. The bad boys in Mexico will take anything they can get their hands on sent to them from the US.
The argument is moot though. The 9 pallets of ammunition is gone, confiscated and according to a friend of mine who is a well regarded criminal defense attorney in Mexico City, will not be returned. Ditto on the rig that Bogan was driving. It was used in the commission of a crime.
As for Bogan? The same attorney advised me that it will take anywhere from 6 to 9 months for a judgment to be made in the case. It could take longer but he’d be very surprised if it took less time. And Bogan will probably receive the minimum sentence of 5 years. Depending on the goodwill of the Mexican government, Bogan could be handed over to US authorities to serve his sentence in a US facility, where of course, he would immediately be eligible for parole.
Spector, Glaser and everybody else claiming to support Bogan keep mentioning that it being a Presidential election year in Mexico, that Bogan is being used as a “political pawn”, an assertion that is ridiculous to say the least. Coverage of this case has all but died out in the Mexican media. Information will not be publicly available from the government agencies involved in this until after July 1st, the date of the elections. Article 41 of Mexico’s election laws prohibits dissemination or propaganda from government agencies in the 90 days leading up to voting. This includes information about Bogan’s case, which would otherwise be available. This is why the majority of the information out there is “spin” by the supporters of Bogan and common sense and logical analysis from the rest of us attempting to counter the spin and the resulting hysteria.
And we can expect more of all of it until the officials in Mexico are permitted by law to reveal the results of their investigation. Hopefully, during the next 45 days, while there is a continuing blackout of information from Mexico, Bogan won’t be hurt too much as his supporter inflame the public using the race card and try this case in the Court of Public Opinion, not that it will do them any good.
Oh, and for the record, Howie Glaser didn’t specifically say “Give me back my bullets” but he might have well had said it, putting a link to the Lynard Skynard video by the same name.
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.