U.S. Marine accidentally crosses border with guns

NEW YORK (CNN) – A U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico for nearly two months is set to go before a judge for the first time Wednesday to plead his case.

Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi has been jailed since March 31st, when he says he accidentally crossed the border carrying three guns.

After he was stopped by Mexican authorities he called 911 and asked the operator for help.

Dispatch: “911 emergency.”

Tahmooressi: “hi. I’m having a little bit of an emergency (inaudible).”

Dispatch: “What’s going on?”

Tahmooressi: “Hello. Are you here?”

Dispatch: “yeah. I’m here. What is the address of your emergency?”

Tahmooressi: “I’m at the border of Mexico right now. My problem is I crossed the border by accident and i have three guns in my truck and they’re trying to present, they’re trying to take my guns from me.”

Dispatch: “so, you’re in Mexico?”

Tahmooressi: “Yeah.”

Dispatch: “There’s nothing we can help you with then sir, i do apologize. You’re not on American soil anymore. I can’t really help you.”

Tahmooressi: “I don’t know if I’m really on the I’m not sure if I crossed.”

Dispatch: “well, is Mexican authorities that are talking to you?”

Tahmooressi: “yeah. Mexican authorities.”

Dispatch: “Then you’re in Mexico.”

Tahmooressi: “so, they have the right to just take my guns?”

Dispatch: “there’s a huge sign that says it is illegal to enter Mexico with guns.  When you’re driving down the 805 and the freeways.”

Tahmooressi: “okay.”

Dispatch: “okay? So. There are warning signs that do state that as you’re driving down the freeway before you enter Mexico.”

Tahmooressi: “Yeah. I was hoping that there would be a turnaround point but there never was.”

Dispatch: “There is a turnaround point before you get across the border.”

Tahmooressi: “yeah, but not where I was. There was no turnaround point.”

Dispatch: “well, then that means you were well – you were way far down then if you didn’t see the turnaround point. So, yeah. Unfortunately, you’re on Mexican soil. There’s nothing we can do.”

Tahmooressi is facing a weapons charge.

The LA times reports nearly two dozen members of congress have called on the state department to help get him released.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he spoke with Mexican authorities last week and is working to find out the details of the case.

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