Nightmare in Mexico: Friends, family call for the release of ex-Marine jailed in Mexico after declaring an antique shotgunSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 01:00
Nightmare in Mexico: Friends, family call for the release of ex-Marine jailed in Mexico after declaring an antique shotgun
Jon Hammar was en route to Costa Rica for a surfing trip when he cleared the gun with U.S. customs and was told he could do the same in Mexico. Four months later, he's still behind bars in a notorious prison and is 'losing hope.'
BY VICTORIA CAVALIERE / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012, 9:14 AM
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012, 8:35 PM
Jon Hammar, a former U.S. Marine jailed in northern Mexico, is seen in an undated photograph provided by his family. Hammar was heading to Costa Rica on a surfing expedition when he was arrested for "possession of a deadly weapon" because of the length of the barrel of his shotgun, even though he registered the weapon with U.S. officials before entering Mexico.
An ex-Marine who survived dangerous patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan is now “chained to a bed” in a notorious Mexican prison after a road trip to Costa Rica went terribly wrong, his friends and family say.
A chorus of supporters are calling on the Mexican government to release Jon Hammar, 27, who was jailed in August for carrying an antique shotgun that he believed could be legally registered in Mexico.