Originally Posted by Wrecked
Having first hand knowledge of Mexican corruption, I would bet there isn't more to the story.
I served at Ft. Bliss, TX which is right next to border. We were told to get back to our side before dark because Juarez is a dangerous place. 2 officers ignored this & it cost them approx $500 each to get out of made up charges in 1988.
Corruption is exceedingly common and we are literally nothing more than a walking "pay day" for them. Why the US customs did not measure the barrel in the first place or advise him to ship it home to be on the safe side is a mystery to me???
Why do people go in the first place ? Cheap liquor, pharmacy drugs, leather goods, pottery etc. But as any lawyer will tell ya, when you enter a foreign country, you are taking your chances. If you get picked up for any reason be it real or imagined - be prepared to buy/bribe your way out.
Note: Mexican police do this to their own people as well but Americans are the preferred "game."