Martelle and Shawana Davis were arrested in Mexico, officials said.
(Crisp County Sheriff’s Office)
Two married Georgia delegates were arrested in Mexico for their guns across the border for their safety, officials said Monday.
Crisp County sheriff’s Deputies Martelle Davis, 36, and Shawana Davis, 31, was arrested on Aug. 23 while on vacation in Cancun on charges of possession of weapons, magazines and live ammunition, the officials said. The couple is on bond and returned to the U.S. on Monday.
Their weapons were found in their luggage during a customs control, WFXL-TV reported.
“After working closely with officials in the united states and Mexico to resolve the issue, the two were released late Saturday in the league,” Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock said. “I’d like to thank everyone who at State and Federal level, who took my phone calls to help enough. Each played an important role in the introduction of these two representatives. Our prayers are answered.”
Martelle Davis had been with the sheriff’s office since 2014 and Shawana Davis joined the agency as a school resource officer, according to 13 WMAZ.
Hancock said that the two did not violate agency policy, but in violation of the Mexican law.
“Mexican law says that you are not to have a firearm in their country,” he said. “They are certified law enforcement officers. They are trained to protect people, so they carried their weapons with them thinking in their head that they are going to do what they do every day. The protection of people and protect myself.”
He added that the couple took guns with them on their journey by the recent murders in the tourist area.
Eight bodies – two of which were dismembered and shoved in plastic bags were found in the streets of Cancun on Tuesday, prosecutors said. The popular Mexican beach resort has seen an increase in violence in recent months. In April, 14 murders were reported in 36 hours.
The AMERICAN Ministry of foreign affairs issued a travel advisory earlier this month, telling travelers to “exercise increased caution in Mexico because of the crime.”
Hancock said that there is an internal investigation.
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