Getting Innovative: Catapult Seized at US-Mexico Border

Drug smuggling attempts by vehicle across the U.S. -Mexico border are a frequent occurrence, but in Arizona one group of smugglers recently got more creative, using a catapult system to launch bundles of drugs over a fence.

Last December, Border Patrol agents used multi-surveillance capabilities to catch smugglers using an air cannon to shoot a 34 pound bundle of drugs over the border from Mexico into Naco, Arizona.

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Border Patrol agents seized the marijuana and called Mexican authorities to investigate the contraption. When agents arrived at the fence they found what's described as a catapult system attached to the south side of the border fence.

As for the Marijuana, U.S. agents took possession of the bundles, which combined, weighed more than 47 pounds.

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The device was discovered last week, southeast of Tucson, Arizona, when agents spotted a group of men scattering as they approached. No arrests were reported.

The catapult was dismantled, but it remains to be seen whether more such devices will be used to get drugs into the US from Mexico. However, he adds, smugglers still tend to use traditional methods to bring drugs across the border through the ports of entry.

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