Catapult attached to border fence launched marijuana into Arizona


Border Patrol agents were patrolling the area east of the Douglas Port of Entry on February 10 when they spotted several people running away from the fence when they approached, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The U.S. agents seized the marijuana.

I spoke with Rob Daniels with U.S. Customs and Border Protection who tells me, after a bit of welding, U.S. agents were able dismantle the catapult system - which was then seized by Mexican authorities.

Agents found 45 pounds of marijuana in 2011 after a remote video surveillance system caught smugglers preparing a catapult to launch the drugs into Arizona.

However, innovation isn't new to drug traffickers, as we've come to notice throughout the years.

Additionally, they also have put vehicle ramps next to the border fence or wall, and used light aircraft to drop shipments in the desert.

Arizona CBP tweeted, pun and all, about the incident. CNN detailed an event that occurred at the same port previous year. It took two Ford pickup trucks to haul away the phony carrots, which the CBP estimated were worth nearly a half-million dollars.



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