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Old 03-27-2009, 05:57 PM
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Still jailed in Mexico, former Destin boat captain argues innocence

John Peerson was detained in January on charges of introducing weapons - which he says were properly documented





Andrew Gant, Florida Freedom Newspapers



John Peerson will spend his 67th day in Mexican jail much like he spent the others - waiting on an appeal.

The former Destin boat captain, jailed on weapons charges outside Cancun more than two months ago, could face five more years there.

His friends and family in Florida still hope to negotiate a release.

"We're one day closer to it being finally over," Peerson's wife, Lucretia, said Thursday. "When we went into it, I was thinking it's just a horrible misunderstanding."

Peerson, 48, was arrested Jan. 20 during a stop in the Port of Isla Mujeres, off the Yucatan Peninsula, where Mexican authorities boarded the $4 million yacht "the Reel Screamer" and seized a pistol, a rifle, a shotgun and ammunition.

Lucretia recently spent six weeks in Mexico as Peerson worked through appeals. At the beginning of his jail time, she was allowed to visit freely, to stay the night, and to bring in silverware, a steak knife and a hot plate.

But as time passed, the rules became stricter, and Lucretia said she wasn't even allowed to bring in a carton of milk. She returned home to DeFuniak Springs earlier this month and isn't sure when she'll return.

In January, Peerson was en route to Miami from Costa Rica, where Lucretia said he spends about six months each year. But his route home off the western coast of Costa Rica went through the Panama Canal - and past Colombia.

Peerson stopped for fuel in the Caribbean at the Colombian island of San Andres. By the time he reached Isla Mujeres, the weather was threatening.

Peerson stopped there to wait out the storm, and Lucretia said authorities came onboard for a routine weapons check. But when they asked to move the yacht into a military docking station for a more thorough drug search, Peerson insisted they search it where it was, rather than risk damage in transit.

He was arrested on weapons charges soon after that and jailed at Carcel Municipal (Cereso) Region 99 in Quintana Roo.

Peerson told a judge the weapons belonged to Bradenton yacht owner Wayne Rickert, that they'd always been onboard and that he'd declared them.

"I've seen the documents," Lucretia said. "(Mexican authorities) knew they were there. They knew they'd been declared. They've always done the same procedure."

In Destin, boat captains said traveling with protection against pirates and terrorists is common. Lucretia said Peerson also must keep party-seekers and drug users off the yacht.

"I just don't think the general population understands the responsibility a captain puts on himself," Lucretia said. "To travel on these open seas like these boys do, nobody in their right mind would go without a gun."

In the meantime, she said, attorneys were calling in an expert to confirm Peerson's handwriting on a weapons declaration form.

The next appeal in the case is scheduled for Tuesday.





I'd be
Old 03-27-2009, 06:11 PM
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I agree and when dealing with a different country its like this
for all who is involved
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Bad place to be....I stopped deliveries in mayheco waters years ago..Little chits......
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I don't mean to sound crass but he could have given them a "token" of good will and he would be sleeping in his own bed right now.
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and the State Department is never your friend...too busy scewing local pre-pubescnt children, yucking it up at alcohol fueled consulate parties with local corrupt "dignitaries", while their wives fly back and forth to the US carrying drugs, cash, and local archeological treasures in diplomatic pouches/cargo that never gets screened by US Customs...useless as tits on a bull.
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Originally Posted by Capt Jack Sparrow View Post
...... and local archeological treasures in diplomatic pouches/cargo that never gets screened by US Customs...useless as tits on a bull.
Yep, that happens.

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