SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A Marine veteran is speaking out from behind bars in Mexico. Andrew Tahmooressi has been held for more than two months, accused of carrying guns across the border.
The Andrew Tahmooressi saga is now more than two months old. In a recent interview with CNN, he recounted the deplorable conditions he says he was subjected to, and what he did to be transported somewhere better and safer.
"I had one hand above my head. Not both, just one. I was laying on a bed. One leg was on one opposite wall and the other on the other wall above my head maybe a foot and a half, two feet. And yes, I did, when I got the opportunity, I decided to stab myself in the neck with a light bulb," Tahmooressi said.
Tahmooressi was also asked about his PTSD and if he was currently taking medication.
"I'm treating myself, yes. I don't believe I need medication to treat myself right now. I think I'm doing just fine," he said.
The former Marine still maintained he took several wrong turns and that's how he ended up in Mexico with several guns he legally owned, but he also admitted that he had crossed the border into Mexico earlier that day, and several times before because a friend had family there.
"Earlier in the day, I parked my truck at a parking lot on the American side across from the across from Mexico, and I walked into Mexico with a backpack with extra clothes and hygiene supplies, passport, wallet, and I decided to go hang out in Mexico for some good Mexican food, inexpensive place to stay and to hang out," Tahmooressi said.
Tahmooressi accused Mexican officials of spreading lies about him, and insisted the truth will come out.
"I would like everyone to know that I'm an innocent man and that it was just a big mistake and that I had no intention of bringing weapons into Mexico or committing any crime at all," he said.