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

An improvised catapult attached to the south side of the border fence near Douglas was found and dismantled by border agents on Friday
Customs abd Border Protection: Catapult used to send drugs into US found and dismantled

16 February, 2017

A search of the area revealed that two bundles of marijuana, weighing a combined 47 pounds, had been launched into the U.S.

They say they found a catapult along the fence on the U.S. -Mexico border in Douglas, Ariz. When the Douglas Station agents arrived, the people got away, and agents discovered why they ran. U.S. Border Patrol agents dismantled the catapult system, which was seized by Mexican authorities.

No one was reported arrested in the incident, Fox News reported.

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The agents dismantled the catapult, which was seized by Mexican authorities. However, he adds, smugglers still tend to use traditional methods to bring drugs across the border through the ports of entry. Often, these operations are responsible for thousands of pounds of drugs coming into the country rather than the smaller amounts that could enter with a catapult system, CNN reported.

Officials have also seen drugs shot over the border with "devices such as air-powered cannons", or dropped into the desert with "ultralight aircraft", according to The Associated Press.

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