Border Patrol seizes 3 Tons of marijuana, catches convicted felon

In a pair of separate incidents Wednesday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized a dozen bundles of marijuana valued at $305,000 and apprehended an illegal immigrant previously convicted of homicide.

Casa Grande Station agents were tracking footprints of a possible group of illegal immigrants when they came across the 610 pounds of marijuana.

In a second incident, Ajo Station agents apprehended a 28-year-old Honduran man after he illegally entered the United States. Record checks revealed a 2003 conviction in Orlando, Fla., for providing false information to a peace officer and for negligent homicide. He served five years in prison for those crimes. He is now being criminally prosecuted for re-entry of an aggravated felon.

Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure, safe border environment to improve the quality of life throughout Arizona communities.

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