Marine vet Jon Hammar planned to unwind on a surfing safari to Costa Rica. He barely made it past the Mexican border before corrupt officials threw him into a prison controlled by the vicious Zetas drug cartel, where he has been chained to a bed. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years. His crime:
Hammar took a six-decade-old shotgun into Mexico. The .410 bore Sears & Roebuck shotgun once belonged to his great-grandfather. The firearm had been handed down through the generations, and it had become almost a part of Hammar, suitable for shooting birds and rabbits.
But Mexican prosecutors who looked at the disassembled relic in the 1972 Winnebago motor home dismissed the U.S. registration papers Hammar had filled out. They charged him with a serious crime: possession of a weapon restricted for use to Mexico’s armed forces.
The purpose of the absurd arrest is to shake down his relatives for cash. Officials have already demanded an initial payment of $1,800. In short, an American who honorably defended his country as a Marine in combat has been kidnapped by the Mexican government, a beneficiary of lavish US aid.
There was a time when no Marine was left behind. That was before the Benghazi Fugazi passed as a president. Hammar made it through the worst of Fallujah, but he will be fortunate to survive his Mexican venture, because no help has been forthcoming from the White House, despite multiple petitions.
Too bad we can’t work out an exchange — Hammar for someone actually guilty of smuggling deadly weapons into Mexico:
On tips from AC, Spider, and The MaryHunter.