Andrew Tahmooressi, a Marine veteran who became part of an international controversy when he was arrested after accidentally crossing into Mexico illegally, is now in trouble with the law.
At age 27, he was picked up in Dearborn County, Indiana for marijuana use and drug paraphernalia. He is now serving a one-month jail sentence.
Tahmooressi is trying to find him an attorney to re-open the case, according to a spokesman for Tahmooressi’s mother Jill.
“The family remains gravely concerned about Andrew’s mental health condition,” Franks said. “They are further concerned, given his documented mental health diagnosis and the police’s own claim that he was disoriented upon arrest, that he was allowed to represent himself and plead guilty. The family is in the process of looking into re-opening the case so that a court ordered mental health exam may be conducted.”[…]
In the early morning hours Thursday, a police officer in Indiana came upon Tahmooressi sitting in a parked pickup truck with the engine running, lights off and the car alarm going off, court documents say. Tahmooressi appeared disoriented when the officer approached, and held his hands up.
The police officer smelled marijuana and described Tahmooressi as being slow to respond to the officer’s questions, having a “lethargic demeanor” and being “unable to give reasonable explanations,” the court records say.
During the conversation, Tahmooressi told the police officer that he had a small bag of marijuana in his truck, which he had been smoking, the court records say. A search of the truck and Tahmooressi turned up a bag of marijuana, a half-smoked marijuana cigarette and rolling papers.
H/T: Marine Corps Times
As Greta Van Susteren on Fox News opined (below), Sgt. Tahmooressi suffers from PTSD. And while the marijuana possession charge isn’t a serious charge, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong. Are we doing enough to help our troubled veterans?
Sgt. Tahmooressi served America proudly, and we must provide the treatment he needs to help him get his life back.
Please pray for Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi and his family during this difficult time.