Cancun, Q.R. — The two Americans arrested at the Cancun International Airport August 24 for entering the country with weapons, are reported to be US deputies.
According to Cordele Dispatch, the man and woman, who are married, are active deputies with the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia and have been identified as Martelle and Shawana Davis.
Sheriff Billy Hancock said they were arrested when they tried to enter the country with their service handguns.Photo: Policía Federal de Quintana Roo
The two allegedly packed their service weapons and ammunition in their luggage, however, unless the correct paperwork has been established, Mexico prohibits visitors from entering with firearms. This includes certified police officers.
Sheriff Hancock said he did not know why they carried their weapons, but that it was not with his permission. He added “I can’t tell you exactly why they took their weapons, [but] given recent events in Cancun they were worried [about safety].”
Regarding safety, the Cordele Dispatch went on to say “The U.S. State Department on Aug. 22 issued a level-2 travel warning for U.S. residents visiting Cancun, Mexico,” which was shown to be a false Cancun travel warning started by several large-scale media outlets.
The two deputies were flown back to Georgia Monday. “A tremendous amount of people came together to get these people back home,” Hancock added.
“Even though it’s another country that has arrested them, they have violated that country’s laws and we’re going to take that seriously. We’re going to look at that as an agency.
“We will have an internal investigation and we’ll determine what disciplinary action, if any, should be taken,” Hancock explained.
Hancock said he has reported the incident to the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, which will investigate any possible wrongdoing by the Davises, while Mexico says it will move forward with an internal investigation.