Marine veteran at center of border guns controversy arrested on drug charge

Andrew Tahmooressi

Former Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi arrives in Miami on Nov. 1, 2014, after a Mexican judge ordered him released after eight months in jail. Tahmooressi had crossed the border at San Ysidro in March of 2014 with guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his pickup truck.

(Raul Torres / Associated Press)

A U.S. Marine veteran who made international headlines when he drove guns and ammunition into Mexico from San Diego was arrested on a minor drug charge in Indiana on Thursday.

Andrew Tahmooressi, 27, was booked into a Dearborn County jail on a charge of possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, authorities said.

A local radio station, Eagle Country 99.3 FM, reported that a court affidavit said Tahmooressi appeared disoriented at a fairground when police investigated his truck alarm sounding. Officers allege they found a small amount of marijuana in his truck.

The radio station said Tahmooressi pleaded guilty in a court appearance Thursday and was sentenced to one month in jail.


Tahmooressi’s 2014 arrest in Tijuana became an international incident as U.S. politicians and media celebrities called for his release. He claimed he never intended to drive across the border from San Diego in his truck loaded with all of his possessions, including three guns and 400 rounds of ammunition.

At the time of his arrest, the Florida resident had started treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in San Diego. The Marine reservist served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and received an honorable discharge in 2012.

Pauline Repard writes for the San Diego Union Tribune.



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