Texas trucker freed from Mexican prison, held in detention center

Texas trucker freed from Mexican prison, held in detention center

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The family of a local truck driver, who has been jailed in Mexico for two weeks, is traveling to the border to try and get answers and secure his release. The mother, girlfriend and boss of Jabin Bogan, 27, are flying to El Paso Tuesday to meet with an attorney.

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by Angela Kocherga / KENS 5 Border Bureau

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Posted on November 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 2:48 PM

El Paso -- A Texas truck driver jailed on ammunition charges in Mexico is out of prison, but now he's in an immigration detention center. Prison officials handed Jabin Bogan over to immigration authorities when he was released from the Villa Aldama prison in Veracruz , according to sources close to the case.

Bogan is being held at an immigration detention center waiting to be deported back to the United States. The trucker’s family traveled from Dallas to the border where they expected a reunion.

They had been told after he was free he would travel back to the border and come across an international bridge linking Ciudad Juarez and El Paso.

The anxious wait and the constant calls started as soon as Bogan’s family touched down at the El Paso International Airport.

“I want to see him, I want to touch him and I have a lot to say,” said Aletha Smith, Bogan’s mother.

She has worked tirelessly to raise money to pay his fine and legal expenses, and she has sent out regular text messages to supporters to pray for her son’s release.

“My goal was to continue to believe and keep the faith knowing that my son was coming back to me,” said Bogan’s mother.

Bogan’s common law wife also made the trip to the border and was looking forward to a reunion.

“I want to hold him. I haven’t held him in 7 months,” said Tanya Davis.

The North Texas truck driver has been behind bars since his arrest on April 17 when he drove across the border with 268,000 rounds of ammunition. Bogan said he got lost, and by the time he realized he was headed into Mexico, it was too late to turn back.

He faced 30 years in prison for trafficking. His Mexican lawyer successfully fought to have the charge reduced to possession which carries a much lighter sentence. A federal judge sentenced the trucker to three years in prison which made him eligible for conditional release if he paid a fine.

But after paying the fine, instead of winning his freedom prison officials turned him over  to immigration authorities. Bogan will be deported because he is in Mexico without documents.

After his arrest in April his family said the truck driver did not have a passport, never visited Mexico and had crossed the border by mistake.

“I had to be strong for my kids and keeping them strong,” said Taylor.

She planned to wait until Bogan was back on the Texas side of the border to tell their children aged six and ten he was coming home.

Bogan’s family had hoped for a homecoming in time in time for Thanksgiving, but deportation proceedings could take a week or longer.

His mother says she knows exactly what she’ll say when she finally sees him, “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”

His wife has no words. “I plan on saying nothing but hugging him," she said.

 
 

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