Valdosta Man Is Home After Being Released From Indian Prison

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Valdosta, Ga. - June 14, 2012 -

[Update] A Valdosta man is back home with his family after spending time in an Indian prison.

Jeff Worn's father says he came back to Valdosta over the weekend. He was in India on business for 'South Georgia Pecan'.

He was arrested for having hunting ammunition at the airport which he says he didn't realize was still in his bag from a previous hunting trip.

Worn was released from prison May 31st, but was told he would have to stay in the country another 30 days. Only one week later he went before the judge again and was allowed to go home.


- Valdosta, Ga. - June 01, 2012 -

A Valdosta man was released from jail in India Monday after he was arrested when hunting ammunition was found in his luggage at an airport.

Jeff Worn was in India on business for South Georgia Pecan. He says he didn't realize the ammunition was still in his bag from a previous hunting trip.

Worn posted bail Thursday but must stay in India for 30 days until a court hearing.

His family and some elected officials are working to get him back home to south Georgia.

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  • by something fishy here Location: valdosta on Jun 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM
    i think vpd should keep a close eye on him.
  • by banged up abroad Location: youtube on Jun 16, 2012 at 12:34 AM
    really check it out
  • by Just Saying on Jun 15, 2012 at 05:22 PM
    After reading this story, I have two things to say - 1. I was in India recently. They do not ask you to remove shoes at security check and are able to detect ammunition. Here, they ask you to remove shoes and are not able to detect ammunition, which made a trip to India. 2. India is a democratic country like ours, so justice was fair. Remember, what happened to USA citizens in Iran and Korea. And for being arrested for hunting ammunition… per airlines laws, if it was inside checked-in bag, it was not a crime. But, it is crime to carry ammunition in carry-on bag.
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      by GV on Jun 18, 2012 at 06:27 AM in reply to Just Saying
  • by Lavelle Dorriety Location: Tally on Jun 15, 2012 at 03:03 PM
    Calling Dr Bombay, Calling Dr Bombay... DR BOMBAY! I NEED YOU!!
  • by Tan Man Location: Wakulla on Jun 15, 2012 at 02:53 PM
    It's not clear, but is it possible that he left the states with this ammo and didn't get caught until he started back? Do they really hunt in India? Do they even have guns for hunting in India?
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      by What kind of Q is that. on Jun 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM in reply to Tan Man
      No they do not have hunting guns in India. In India, they rub a lamp and a ginni comes and ask's "master which animal would you like to eat today". :)
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        by Bolillo on Jun 15, 2012 at 08:41 PM in reply to What kind of Q is that.
        India is still living under gun laws passed in the late 1800's. As it has been said " the citizens there can't own a long stick without spending 7 years in jail.... " Try looking at the 1878 Indian Arms Act. Ancient, but still in effect. Small arms import was virtually stopped in the 1980's there. SOOooo, I doubt they hunt. Go ginni!!
  • by Dot Koehmstedt on Jun 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM
    Thank the Lord this man was able to return home. I know his family is relieved to have him back safe and sound and I'll bet he'll be a lot more cautious the next time he travels outside of the US. Welcome back to South Georgia Jeff !
  • by Local Girl on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:48 PM
    This poor man! I am so sorry for him and for his family and friends. I can only imagine what they all must be going through. (Those who travel frequently may not ever completely clean out their luggage between trips. I can see how this could happen!)My prayers are with him and his loved ones.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM in reply to Local Girl
      Why would you call him poor? He made a mistake, and sometimes mistakes cost us. I bet he checks his luggage next trip!
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        by From Here on Jun 15, 2012 at 09:23 AM in reply to
        Anonymous, you must not be from around here. It is obvious from Local Girl's post that her use of the term 'poor' was an expression of sympathy common in the south, not a comment on his financial status. Read for comprehension will you?
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          by I Read the post did you??? on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM in reply to From Here
          I think Anonymous clearly understood the post and is referring to the fact that sympathy shouldn't be felt for him because he paid for a situation that he created himself.
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          by I read ALL the posts!!! on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM in reply to From Here
          I too think Anonymous was missing the point; otherwise he/she would have said, "Why feel sorry for him?" Regardless, there's nothing wrong with expressing sympathy for someone who makes a stupid mistake that causes such hardship. I agree with her.
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        by other employee at pecan shed on Jun 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM in reply to
        he works at the pecan shed is the reason she called him poor. witch makes me wonder where he got the money for the trip.hope he is not talaban.
  • by TallyVoter on Jun 2, 2012 at 09:26 AM
    Stupid. Everyone knows how tight security everywhere is. You have to look out after yourself with these things. Clean your d@#$ suitcase out before going overseas!
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      by chili on Jun 15, 2012 at 04:02 AM in reply to TallyVoter
      stupid? if security is sooooo tight as you say we should all know, then how did he and the ammo make it thru such tight security here in the states and the other security areas only to be found once in india.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM in reply to chili
        Because our security is no more than low paid, poorly educated, pot smoking losers.
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