Morris County Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo said he applauds the release of an American Marine reservist who was held for seven months in a Mexican prison.
Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan, was imprisoned in Mexico on March 31, 2014, after his arrest at the United States-Mexican border. He said he mistakenly crossed the border into Mexico after taking a wrong turn.
He was charged with weapons trafficking when three legally registered guns were found in his possession because he said he kept everything he owned in the truck he was driving, having just moved from Florida to San Diego, Calf.
Sgt. Tahmooressi, who was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following two tours of duty in Afghanistan, was finally released last month following a huge public outcry and intense pressure on Mexico from U.S. political figures who contended Tahmooressi was wrongfully imprisoned.
“I’m pleased that we here in Morris County were among the many who went on record as being upset and frustrated over Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s wrongful imprisonment,” Mastrangelo said.
The freeholders in September adopted a resolution urging President Obama to utilize the full powers of his office to immediately secure Sgt. Tahmooressi’s release from Mexican custody so he could receive the appropriate medical assistance in the U.S. for his medical condition.
Copies were sent President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, congressional leadership in the House and Senate, the state’s congressional delegation, the Mexican Consulate in Washington, D.C., Gov. Christie, the speakers of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly and the county’s state legislators.