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Shohn Huckabee Home for the Holidays

Shohn Huckabee Home for the Holidays
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 9:41am

At 22 years-old, Shohn Huckabee was a newly-wed. He was starting his own construction company and crossed the border often.
Just like times before, he went over to Juarez with an employee to get a truck fixed. He says he never imagined how that trip would change his life.

"I knew that we lived here on the border and there was a war going on over there but it was between the cartel members i didn't believe that someone that was innocent on the streets was going to get hurt, be put in jail," Huckabee said.

Mexican Military arrested Huckabee for allegedly carrying more than 100 pounds of marijuana in his truck.

"They allow the real cartel members to move drugs they load them in their trucks and carry them," Huckabee said.

Huckabee says the military planted the drugs in his truck to prove they are working.

"So when they see a chance, okay we're going to arrest someone and they torture you, shock you until you say okay," Huckabee said.

Shohn and his family tried fighting the Mexican judicial system, but continued to hit dead ends.

"It didn't matter that there weren't any fingerprints, it didn't matter that we had witnesses that saw us driving and saw that the military put the drugs in the truck. those witnesses ended up dead," Huckabee said.

He says the Mexican Military controlled what happened to him and his case, no matter what proof they had proving his innocence.

"With any of the evidence that we would put in the judges were just as scared as everyone else they were afraid the military would do the same thing to them why wouldn't they side with them? It was their life or ours," Huckabee said.

Three months ago Shohn was transferred to the U.S. and served the rest of his time in La Tuna prison.

Even though he's a free man on this side of the border, he still worries for his safety.

"If they want to do something, they're going to do it. I hope that they're not going to. I think that we're safe," Huckabee said.

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