Tucson, AZ- In separate incidents yesterday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 12 bundles of marijuana valued at approximately $305,000, and apprehended an illegal alien previously convicted of homicide.
Casa Grande Station agents were tracking footprints of a possible group of illegal aliens in the West Desert when they encountered the marijuana, weighing approximately 610 pounds. The marijuana was taken to the Casa Grande Station for processing.
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.
The Border Patrol welcomes assistance from the community. Please report suspicious activity by calling their toll-free number at 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.