The DEA has released a man wrongly jailed for two weeks after he was mistook as a drug dealer, CBS Los Angeles reports.
His girlfriend had been trying to tell authorities that Gerber Guzman’s identity had been stolen and he was not the man wanted for dealing drugs.
But it wasn’t until CBS Los Angeles got involved that federal authorities took action.
Guzman, who has been locked before because of the stolen identity, was pulled over for an expired car registration and was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.
“The thing is that they know it’s not him, but they still have him in there, and that’s what’s heartbreaking,” said Hernandez, who is eight months pregnant.
The DEA confirmed the mistake in a statement: “DEA is aware of claims that the man in custody is not the same person for whom the arrest warrant was issued. DEA takes all allegations of this nature seriously and is currently using ever resource at our disposal to address the matter.”
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