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Wrong turn at Mexico border to be re-enacted

The attorney for a Dallas trucker jailed in Juarez, Mexico, on ammunition smuggling charges says a Mexican court has ordered a re-enactment of events leading to the arrest.

Attorney Emilio de la Rosa says experts and prosecutors will attend the Thursday re-enactment of the moment when Jabin Bogan, 27, tried to make a U-turn at the Bridge of the Americas, which enters Mexico from South Central El Paso. Bogan has maintained since the day of his arrest on April 17 that he tried the U-turn after realizing he was in Mexico carrying 268,000 bullets inside his 18-wheeler.

Bogan has claimed his GPS malfunctioned, directing him to Mexico. Mexican customs officials testified he was trying to turn and, when asked, showed paperwork showing the ammunition was destined for a wholesaler in Arizona.

Mexican customs officials and Bogan’s attorney both agree that Bogan never tried to conceal the load.

“(That’s) the sole issue facing the court today, the Mexican Federal District Court. … It was not hidden,” El Paso immigration attorney Carlos Spector told ABC-7 on June 21. Spector has been working with the Bogan family on trying to free the trucker.

Mexican authorities have charged him with smuggling military ammunition, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

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