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American police officer charged with gun offense after arrest inside Cancun International

Cancun, Q.R. — An American traveler found attempting to enter Mexico with a firearm has been formally charged. On Monday, Lemandries “H” of the Nashville Metro Police Department, was officially charged with bringing a gun into the country.

The charge stems from his July 9 arrest inside Terminal 3 of the Cancun International Airport. He was taken into custody by the National Guard after an inspection located the gun and stocked magazine inside his checked-in luggage.

Lemandries “H” had reportedly declared the pistol with his airline, however, entering Mexico with a firearm is a federal offense. Lemandries “H” is reported to have been an active officer since 2017. He had been with the Nashville Metro Police for only a few months at the time of his arrest.

He was arrested at Cancun International July 9, 2022. He has been in a Cancun prison since his arrest, being held in preventive detention. His trial is expected to begin in two weeks.

In June, an American woman was also taken into custody from the Cancun International Airport after a luggage inspection found a gun and stocked magazine. In August, American Cameron Marcua “W” was found entering the country with a 9 mm pistol, ammo and marijuana inside his suitcase. The illegal items were found during an inspection in Terminal Four of Cancun International.

In September, American Ellijah “Q” was taken into custody after airport authorities found a gun in his luggage. Also in September, American Carter “E” was arrested after federal officials located two handguns and loaded magazines inside her bags.