This is another case of injustice by Mexicans over a weapon or ammunition. The prosecution lied about hidden ammo in the truck even though others said it was not so. Then they kept the ammo that was a legal shipment gone awry. Now they have mistreated another American passing through their country.
These arrests should have been handled by Obama calling the President of Mexico and asking if he is our ally or enemy? But Obama does nothing as usual for Americans. He is too busy bringing the country down, and taking away our freedoms==ignoring our wishes on issues. He wants to be King Obama.
The Mexico system for justice is very flawed. You are guilty and have to prove your innocence. Many things can get you in jail or prison in Mexico that you would never expect.
An instance. Alside's supply, one of the largest suppliers of building products and sold directly to contractor's only put on incentive trips to destinations around the world. I had been to many countries over the years as a co-owner of a good sized construction and remodel company. There would literally be at least 500 per year that went on these trips.
My partner went on the trip to I believe was either Cancun or Puerto Vallarta that year, and I stayed in the USA to work. A family went. A Mother, father and their 17 year old son. The father and son rented jet skies. While on the water the two crashed into each other and the father died. The son was taken to the hospital. The son was put under armed guard so he could not escape. They wanted to transfer him the the local prison to face charges for murder. The doctor talked to the Mother and Alside's representatives and said it was best to say the son had serious injuries. They still would not let him leave the hospital to be with his family and leave the country. Finally they said in a medical report if the young man did not get to the USA for medical treatment that he may loose his life. A lot of acting was done by the young man, his mother, the doctor and others. He finally got to make that flight.
I do not remember if the agreement was he was to return to Mexico and face the charges later, or what arrangement was made. But I an sure this person and his family will not set foot in Mexico again.
They paid big money also to get the body out and medical bills that were not needed for the son. Either it was a ploy between the doctor and hospital and others to get more money, or the doctor was really a great individual.
When traveling to Mexico, remember this. If you get thrown in prison you are not treated humanely like you would in a prison in the USA. The prison systems in Mexico are underfunded and not well managed and ran. The attorneys, to the prison guards and everyone are all on the take. Your misfortune in the eyes of many in Mexico may just be a way to extract more money when you really need help.
This family I am sure will have to pay to get him out of prison. I know other people who have gone to prison there and it was not about finding him guilty or not in the end. It was how much the family was willing to pay to get him out of jail.
As in the case of the ammo truck driver, and possibly in this case. Pressure from the USA and publicity can put pressure on Mexico to release them.
As in the case of this being a bird gun and a relic, and doing what he thought was correct, Mexican officials can manipulate anything to make an extra dollar. Make this look like it belongs in the category of a high powered assault weapon only available to the police or miltary. Try fighting the drug cartels with one of these, LOL.