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Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
U.S. | By Wayne Curry

Catapult to launch drugs from Mexico over U.S. border destroyed

Catapult to launch drugs from Mexico over U.S. border destroyed

The use of such measures throws a wrench in President Trump's plan to stop illegal immigrants and drug smugglers from getting into the country by building a bigger wall along the border.

The catapult was attached to the top of a border fence near the Douglas Port of Entry, which is about two hours southeast of Tucson, Customs and Border Protection officials said in a statement Tuesday.

The border patrol agents then searched the surrounding area and seized two bundles of marijuana that weighed 47 pounds in total.

Mexican law enforcement officers were contacted to investigate. Agents dismantled the catapult and turned it over to Mexican authorities.

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. Instead, they just installed a catapult to fling bundles of marijuana over the fence and into the United States, officials say.

Drug traffickers are going medieval in their attempts to smuggle marijuana into the U.S.

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