South Fla. Marine jailed in Mexico arrested in Georgia

Georgia sheriff releases statement after arrest of Andrew Tahmooressi, 26

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A former U.S. Marine who made international headlines in 2014 after he was imprisoned in Mexico on a weapons charge was arrested Wednesday in Georgia.

Andrew Tahmooressi, who is from Weston, was arrested in Tijuana, Mexico, on April 1, 2014, after he crossed the Mexican border with the weapons. He spent eight months there for crossing the border with loaded guns. Tahmooressi maintains that he got lost on his way to California.

Emanuel County (Georgia) Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens said in a statement Thursday that Tahmooressi was arrested after a traffic stop in Twin City, Georgia.

"As a result of the traffic stop, Tahmooressi was arrested and charged with the misdemeanor traffic offenses of driving under the influence, reckless driving, improper passing and open container violation," Stephens said.

Stephens said Tahmooressi was released from jail the next day after posting a $4,000 bond.

"To dispel rumors of additional charges pending against Tahmooressi as a result of the traffic stop, our department can now verify that they are untrue," Stephens said. "This was a 'routine' traffic stop by all standards and there was nothing out of the ordinary that occurred during the arrest. We certainly do not condone driving under the influence of any substance, but those matters must be taken care of by the judicial process. It appears that Tahmooressi has no criminal history and no other arrests."

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