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Congressman Mike Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Louisiana

Louisiana man returns home after months-long detainment in Guatemala over hunting ammo

November 28, 2017
In The News

After several months of imprisonment, a Louisiana native has returned home from Guatemala.

Zachary Wilson, of Keithville, had been detained since March after old hunting ammunition was found in his bag as he was getting ready to board a plane home. He was returning from a mission trip with the Word of God church, but was placed under arrest. 

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy and U.S. Rep Mike Johnson had worked to secure his freedom in the past months. 

“It is fitting that Zachary Wilson arrives home the day before Thanksgiving,” said Cassidy in a release. “We do give thanks ... Congressman Johnson and I were privileged to be involved.”

Said Johnson: "I am pleased that all of our efforts have paid off and so he can finally come home. ... All of us look forward to welcoming Zack back to the United States."

Wilson previously had unsuccessfully petitioned the Guatemalan government to allow him to return to the United States for treatment for a medical condition while awaiting trial.

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