Dallas, TX – A North Dallas truck driver is free after an “honest mistake” landed him in a Mexican prison.
Jabin Bogan was transporting a load of ammunition to a Phoenix gun shop in April. Along the way, he made a wrong turn and crossed the border into Mexico where strict firearm laws are enforced.
Denis Mekenya, Bogan’s manager at Demco Express, said:
“He told me he was coming from the warehouse, missed a turn, and was stuck one-way going south. At that point he asked a cop how to make a U-turn and was told to go three or four miles, but at that point was in Mexico.”
When Bogan tried to re-enter the United States near El Paso, Texas — with 268,000 round of ammunition in his truck — he was arrested.
Bogan was released on Friday after his mother paid a fine.
The father of one had an emotional reunion with his family at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Halfway down a set of stairs, Bogan dropped his suitcase and picked up his six-year-old son.
“It feels so good to hear you say ‘Daddy!’” Bogan told his son, Jakobe.
“My son, that’s my motivation,” Bogan told ABC News affiliate WFAA. “That kept me going every day. My mama is my strength – without my mama I wouldn’t be no where now. My family is my pride and joy.”
Bogan’s mother, Aletha Smith, said, “God is good, world. I am so relieved, so grateful. I’m ecstatic. Praise God. Praise God.”
Bogan hugged his sister, Afrika Capers, and kissed his girlfriend and Jakobe’s mother, Tanya Davis. Through tears, he said, “You are my angel.”
Jabin Bogan said he couldn’t explain how it felt to be home.
“I want to say God is good, man. God has blessed me,” Bogan said.
If convicted, Bogan could have faced more than 25 years in prison.