Two vacationing deputies from Georgia were detained in Mexico after it was discovered they transported their sidearms into the country.
Crisp County Sheriff’s Deputy couple Martelle and Shawana Davis were taken in by Mexican authorities in Cancun after it was discovered that the duo had stowed firearms and munitions in their bags.
According to Fox News, the firearms were discovered during a routine customs check.
Mexican law forbids bringing firearms into the country, and has a history of detaining Americans (including police and military personnel) who violate the law.
The two were released on bond and sent back to the US, according to their supervisor.
“After working closely with officials in the U.S. and Mexico to resolve the issue, the two were released late Saturday on bond,” Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock said. “I can’t thank all those on a State and Federal level who took my phone calls to assist enough. Each one played an important role in the release of these two deputies. Our prayers have been answered.”
Sheriff Hancock had nothing poor to say of his deputies, who he claimed violated no agency policy and were likely acting on mental reflex.
“Mexican law says that you cannot bring a firearm into their country,” he said. “They’re certified law enforcement officers. They’re trained to protect people, so they carried their weapons with them thinking in their minds that they are going to do what they do every day. Protect people and protect myself.”
The two claimed they took firearms to Cancun in response to the rash of dismemberment and kidnapping incidents in recent memory. In April, the resort town had 14 murders in 36 hours.
An internal investigation will be conducted by Crisp County authorities, though it is unknown what the inquiry will entail
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