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BP agents arrest 3 with felony records

2 sex offenders in country illegally

Border Patrol agents arrested a convicted rapist and two others with criminal pasts in separate incidents Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Jose Rosa Torres, 26, of Mexico, was apprehended by Nogales Border Patrol agents near Amado for illegal entry into the United States, the Border Patrol said.

During processing, agents discovered he was convicted in 2004 for rape in Butler County, Ohio, and sentenced to two years in prison. He as held for prosecution for re-entry of an aggravated felon, the Border Patrol said.

Also on Thursday, Sonoita Station agents apprehended a 38-year-old man from Guerrero, Mexico, for illegally entering the United States.

Record checks revealed he had prior convictions in Santa Barbara, Calif., for having sex with a minor and domestic abuse, and addition convictions in Bibb County, Ga., for driving under the influence and giving a false name. He was held for federal prosecution of a felon.

Nogales Station agents working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint referred a 29-year-old Tucson woman to the secondary inspection area after a canine team alerted agents to potential drugs in her vehicle.

The driver fled the checkpoint and crashed her vehicle while exiting the interstate just south of Tucson. Agents arrested the driver and found six bundles of marijuana in the vehicle weighing 130 pounds.

Record checks revealed she has a warrant for a parole violation out of Phoenix and a lengthy criminal record that includes convictions in Maricopa County for marijuana violations, shoplifting, and giving a false report to law enforcement, as well as a conviction in Graham County for third-degree criminal trespassing. She was held for federal prosecution on drug charges.

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