SAN DIEGO - A Marine who was controversially imprisoned in Mexico for seven months in 2014 after he drove into Mexico with registered firearms, was jailed last week in Indiana on drug charges.
Andrew Tahmooressi, 27, was arrested Thursday, April 7 in Dearborn County, Indiana, on one count of possession of marijuana under 30 grams.
He is now serving a one-month jail sentence. A family spokesperson told the Marine Corps Times they are “gravely concerned about Andrew’s mental health condition.”
An Indiana officer reportedly came upon Tahmooressi sitting in a parked truck. Tahmooressi appeared disoriented and eventually admitted to having a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle, the Times reports.
On March 31, 2014, the 26-year-old Tahmooressi caused an international sensation when he was arrested after he drove into Mexico with three U.S. registered firearms. He claims he missed the final U-turn just before the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Tahmooressi was arrested for bringing guns into the country, and later, for trying to escape.
On Oct. 31 of that year, Tahmooressi was released from jail and the charges were dropped. His imprisonment received significant media attention and prompted calls for his release from several politicians. Talk show host Montel Williams and Tahmooressi's mother, Jill Tahmooressi, testified at a Congressional hearing for him in October. There were also rallies on Tahmooressi's behalf from coast-to-coast.
Tahmooressi completed two tours in Afghanistan. He had reportedly moved to San Diego from Florida several months prior to his 2014 arrest to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.