Attorney General releases tips for arrest situations

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The office of Attorney General Tom Horne has released resources and tips to help the public in the event of an arrest or emergency situation in Mexico in preparation of summer travels.

The warning comes just over one week after an Arizona woman was held in a Mexican jail on false drug-smuggling charges.

"Mexico is a popular vacation destination for Arizonans," Attorney General Tom Horne said.  "With recent events in the news, it is important to remind people of the resources available to U.S. citizens so that they can enjoy peace of mind when traveling to Sonora over this summer season."

The United States Government Office of American Citizens Services  is one resource available.  They provide a wide range of services to assist U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Mexico can find resources from the Office of American Citizens Services which include safety and security information; welfare and whereabouts checks; assistance to arrested or detained U.S citizens; emergency preparedness information; and general information for visiting Mexico, such as exit and entry requirements, property issues, marriage and divorce, and spring break trips.

More information regarding security issues can be found in the Travel Warning for Mexico and Tips for Traveling Abroad.

Be sure to know your right if arrested and mention your U.S. citizen status and that you want to contact your consulate or an attorney. A guide to Mexico's Justice System can be found here.

Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates are available at all hours for emergency assistance. Their information can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

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