U.S. Marine released from Mexican prison after seven months, arrested in Georgia


EMBARGO: Miami, FL For more than a month, U.S. Marine and Afghanistan war veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been held in a Tijuana, Mexico, prison, fighting for his release after being charged with a crime he says he did not commit.

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TWIN CITY, Ga. – A U.S. Marine and Afghanistan war veteran who made headlines after being held in a Mexican prison is in trouble with the law back here at home.

Last year, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi says he accidentally crossed into Mexico with three personal firearms.

His family says the 25-year-old had just moved to the area to get treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder.

In a statement to U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, Tahmooressi said, “I accidentally drove into Mexico with 3 guns… a rifle (AR-15), a .45 cal pistol and a 12 gauge pump shotgun with no intensions (sic) on being in Mexico or being involved in any criminal activities. I have rights to all 3 weapons. They are under my name… Please help me.”

He spent seven months in a Mexican jail before being released.

However, Tahmooressi was arrested in Georgia on charges of DUI refusal and reckless driving.

A family spokesperson says Tahmooressi is dealing with a “significant mental illness,” and that they are committed to helping him.

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