are at the center of an international smuggling controversy. Due to one man's "mistake" that led to him to lie to police in a different country, breaking the law. Let's bring the face of Jabin Bogan Akeem or Jabin Akeem Bogan or Bogan Akeem Jabin or Bogan Jabin Akeem, depending on which source of media you are using.
You see, Jabin turned the wrong way on a street. All of us do this. The difference is, most would make a u-turn before they went into another country illegally. He claims there was no place to do that. Let's look at the evidence shall we? These pictures are right at the border, going into Mexico.
Also, all outbound traffic (i.e. traffic going into Mexico) passes through a Mexican checkpoint. The U.S. is not responsible for traffic going into Mexico, just as Mexico is not responsible for traffic going into the U.S. If you decide to go from Mexico to the U.S., you must pass through the U.S. Border Patrol. If you decide to go from the U.S. into Mexico, you deal with Mexican border patrol. The claim that a checkpoint on the U.S. side told him to go into Mexico and turn around is bunk. The color of the uniform doesn't even match. He claimed they were in a dark blue uniform. If you've ever been through one of the many checkpoints along 8, 10, 40, and the ones sprouting up on 90 and 80 on occasion, you'd know they never wear dark blue. They are always in military colors or black. The colors don't change right at the border.
Now, he might've been dumb enough to not believe the Mexican agents could speak English, and somehow missed the Spanish writing all over the uniform, after all, he couldn't read the many signs warning him that he was about to enter Mexico, but how did he miss the HUGE sign in Spanish saying Welcome to Mexico in Spanish? How did he not think "I'm stopping right now, and will stay stopped until someone helps me turn around?"
Also, how he did he forget he had something, or shall I say, 268,000 some things to claim? They go through a list, in English, of things to claim. Including, but not limited to, guns, AMMUNITION, alcohol, cigarettes, knives, food, etc. Yet, he, while hauling bullets, forget he had them on there? This is where the mistake went to being a total felon. Jabin lied to police, stating he had nothing to declare. This made him, by his own omission of the facts, a smuggler. Not an innocent, hard working American who made a mistake. You see, he forgot to claim all this:
Sadly, the lies have yet to stop right there. Now, Jabin's mother, Ms. Smith, is acting like the typical drama queen you can only expect when someone is trying to glorify their loved one as a political prisoner. She, along with the owner of Demco Express, the owner of United Nations Ammunition Company, and several others, who I mentioned in my last piece about this debacle, know exactly what Jabin was doing, thinking, and saying, although they weren't there, and they have no clue. They lie by acting like they have a clue of the situation. For the sake of Jabin, I think they need to hush, let the courts play out, and let the three ring circus they've created die out.
Here's my stand, and my final word here:
1. The blind should be silenced. They don't know exacts because, simply put, they weren't there. I don't know specifics. I do know he broke the law. Breaking the law, and lying to law enforcement, is not an honest mistake.
2. C. H. Robinson being the broker for the other drops does not mean that certain people, namely Allen Smith, should throw them under the bus. They have nothing to do with this situation.
3. The hysterics and claiming your son is a political prisoner makes me wonder if you drink from the same kool-aid as the 9/11 truthers. Get a grip woman. Yes, he's your son, but he's a grown man who had a blatant disregard for the law and international borders, and shall be punished accordingly. My father would've tried to raise awareness for a lighter sentence without hosting a three ring circus ran by ass clowns (sorry, there is no better description for them).
4. The owner of Demco Express, Dennis Mekenye, needs to stick to one story. It changes too much, exposing more lies. In a recent interview with Allen Smith, he claimed he maintains constant tracking. Yet, he told ABC News, "Mekenye became worried about his employee's whereabouts when he turned on the tracking system linked to Bogan's truck and saw Bogan was in Mexico. He reached Bogan by phone Tuesday afternoon." You can't keep it on constantly, then say you just turned it on. You contradicted yourself.
Lastly, I think Texas Fred said it best, "From the *How STUPID are YOU?* files comes this story.
Driver with 268,000 Rounds of Ammo Took Wrong Turn to Mexico
A *wrong turn*? Seriously?
I lived in El Paso for YEARS and it is damned near IMPOSSIBLE to take a wrong turn into Juarez. Unless you’re STUPID. I mean TOTAL MORON stupid.
When I lived in El Paso, even if you did get headed to Mexico by mistake, there was a U-turn BEFORE the border, you know, just in case, and there were NO GUNS signs all over the place, no guns in Mexico that is."
How does one miss this?
What a clash the trucking industry is seeing. On one end, you have the blind leading the blind. In we bring Hotels 4 Truckers, Allen Smith, Dan Fuller, Todd Dills (I'm sorry Todd, but I truly believe you're too much of an ass kisser to tell the real news...........just sayin), and a new guy on the scene, William Stewart, who claims a website. You see, he claims it, for www.williamstewartonline.com is listed on his Facebook, but if you click it, what do you see? (Thanks for the free advertising deary!)
On the other end, you have the voices of reason. Porter Corn, myself, and a few, rare others.
"We all take wrong turns" declares the blind. Yes, everyone, no matter what you drive takes wrong turns. They figure out how to "flip a bitch" somewhere, and get on the right track.
If he would've been chastised for making a u-turn, even I would speak up. Yet, he ILLEGALLY entered another country with ammunition, carried in ILLEGALLY. The man did not have milk or cat food, he had AMMUNITION.
He then LIED to federal agents, saying he had nothing to declare. Not only do they ask if you have anything to declare, they go through the list. So, it's not like he wasn't asked about money, drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, weapons, ammunition, etc. It was that he felt it was appropriate to LIE, which is also ILLEGAL.
So, yes, originally, he made a mistake, but instead of LEGALLY correcting said mistake, he broke several laws, making him a FUGITIVE. This is where the difference between innocent mistake and illegal activity and blatant disregard of the law comes into play.
And, this was if he had entered where he claimed he did. I've hinted to this, Porter from Mexico Trucker has hinted to this, and now in the El Paso Times, a man much more knowledgeable on this kind of law has hinted to this: HOW DO WE KNOW HE DIDN'T SNEAK ACROSS? Read:
One of many signs upon entry to Juarez. Apparently, part of Jabin's mistake was not being able to read the English language.
Regardless of Bogan's intentions, René Jáquez, former assistant country attaché in Juárez with the ATF, said that U.S. customs officers should have intercepted the cargo.
"In my opinion, the real question to ask is how is it that our customs agents with all heightened security were able to miss this type of shipment going into Mexico? How was it that this truck was able to get into Mexico with all those ammo?" he said.
And if the cargo was indeed legitimate, Jáquez said, U.S. customs officers should have been able to see the ammunitions, check the paperwork and steer the driver in the right direction.
(Click here for full article.)
This shows where the driver had an intersection to turn around at before the bridge, had he came in on the bridge. Thanks again Porter!
So, here is my main question. If this had been a Mexican trucker bringing the ammo into the U.S., would the blatant disregard of the law be a mistake? If this was an American going into Canada will all that ammo, would you still sing the same tune? If this was one of the very apparent Muslim immigrants in Canada bringing this load into the U.S., turban and all included, would you be singing the same tune? Where do you draw the line at stating this is not just a mistake. It may have started off as a mistake, but if this was a mistake, I'll give you another mistake:
The next time, wrong turn might be a dynamite load that Jabin takes. That load would end up right in front of a school, him hit the wrong speed bump, and the explosion would kill hundreds of children. But, he just took a wrong turn and make a mistake.
Do I need to further make my point on the moronacy of "just a mistake?"
I don't know how it's possible to miss so many signs. Especially, when you notice they're no longer in ENGLISH.
Do I need to post more pictures to get people to understand there are dozens of signs making sure you don't "accidentally" go to Mexico?