Catapult found on US-Mexico border used for drug smuggling

Officials take down drug catapult at Arizona-Mexico border

Officials take down drug catapult at Arizona-Mexico border

Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona seized almost 50 pounds of marijuana that was catapulted over the border by drug smugglers in Mexico.

When agents arrived at the fence, they noticed several people running away.

They say they found a catapult along the fence on the U.S. -Mexico border in Douglas, Ariz. Upon notifying Mexican authorities, US border agents dismantled the device and Mexican authorities seized it.

The agency said in a statement that it has seized the drugs, which weighed about 50 pounds combined.

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Border officials in the United States and Mexico worked together recently to dismantle a catapult that had been attached to the border fence in Douglas to launch drugs over the border.

There was no report of arrests associated with the February 10 incident. The agents then dismantled it, and the pieces were seized by Mexican authorities.

Federal authorities have seen multiple drug operations including catapult systems to throw illicit substances over the border in recent years.

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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