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Georgia Deputies Arrested in Mexico for Gun Possession

August 29, 2018  | 

Crisp County, GA, Sheriff's deputies Martelle Davis and Shawana Davis were arrested in Mexico for packing their duty weapons and ammo. They have been released and are back in the United States. (Photo: Crisp County SO)
Crisp County, GA, Sheriff's deputies Martelle Davis and Shawana Davis were arrested in Mexico for packing their duty weapons and ammo. They have been released and are back in the United States. (Photo: Crisp County SO)

On Thursday night, two Crisp County, GA, Sheriff's deputies were arrested in Cancun and taken into custody by Mexican authorities for bringing guns into the country.

According to Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock, Martelle and Shawana Davis were traveling to Cancun for vacation. The pair are married and both work for the Crisp County Sheriff's Office.

Hancock told 13WMAZ the Crisp County Sheriff's Office has a policy in place that allows officers to carry their weapons while off duty. The pair did not violate office policy, but they did violate Mexican law.

"Mexican law says that you cannot bring a firearm into their country," said Hancock. "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."

Hancock says the pair was handed a fine and released on bond Saturday night. They returned to American soil on Monday morning.

Comments (6)

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J. Doe @ 8/30/2018 6:16 AM

Who in their right mind thinks it is okay to carry a firearm in another country??? It wasn't that long ago that law enforcement couldn't legally carry firearms in other states within our own country.

CaptMidnight @ 8/30/2018 8:28 AM

Most people do not know that importation of firearms or ammo is illegal in Mexico. .45 acp is for the military only. Civilian Police use .38/357 or .38 Super acp or 9mm Luger (9x19).

However permits do exist, for hunting, and other uses.
Generally, the COMMANDANTE of the area will issue those permits for a fee.

U.S. Law Enforcement Officers, on official business are usually granted an exception also, but calibers of weapons allowed are strictly controlled.

Wonder, after paying the fine,("MORDITA") if those deputies got their weapons back?

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/30/2018 1:31 PM

A classic case of where you want to contact the Mexican authorities and find out just where you stand if you are not going for anything official before entering with your duty weapons.

Vandal In Texas @ 8/30/2018 2:40 PM

CaptMidnight, they bonded out with a future court date. Had a buddy get the same thing years back. Once he was back in the US, his agency bosses said don’t go back for the court date and consider yourself a fugitive in Mexico. Just go to some Caribbean island nation from here on out, and don’t take a gun there. Problem solved.

Boston @ 8/30/2018 6:26 PM

They are Police Officers? "Common Sense is not so common"

jimthelast @ 8/31/2018 12:12 PM

There are HUGE signs at all the crossings telling you you can't take firearms or ammo into Mexico. What part of "can't" did these deputies not understand? The signs are in English!

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