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Ex-Marine arrives home after release from Mexico

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December 24, 2012 08:43 PM EST | AP

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MIAMI — A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry an heirloom shotgun across the border has returned home to South Florida.

Jon Hammar's father says they got back to their Palmetto Bay home Monday afternoon.

Hammar was released Friday from a detention center in Matamoros, Mexico. He was hospitalized over the weekend in Louisiana as he was driving to South Florida. The 27-year-old had a bad chest cold and a stomach ailment before his release.

Hammar was headed to Costa Rica in August when he drove across the Mexican border. U.S. authorities told him he could declare the unloaded shotgun at the border. But reports say Mexican authorities held him until they determined there was no intent to commit a crime.