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Posted Feb 14, 2017, 3:16 pm
In the latest example of ingenuity when it comes to getting drugs over the U.S.-Mexico border, Douglas-area Border Patrol agents discovered a homemade catapult attached to the metal bollard wall on Friday, authorities said.
Cobbled together from welded steel parts and roughly-resembling the structure for a basketball backboard, the catapult was fixed to the wall and was used to launch at least two bundles of marijuana, weighing about 47 pounds combined, over the border wall between Agua Prieta, Sonora, and Douglas.
Border Patrol agents discovered the improvised catapult while on patrol east of the Douglas port of entry, when they noticed "several people on the south side quickly retreating from the fence as they approached," said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman.
When the agents came to the fence, they found the "catapult system" attached to the border fence, just inside Mexico, said Daniels.
The agents contacted Mexican law enforcement, and later, U.S. Border Patrol agents dismantled the catapult system and handed it over to Mexican officials, Daniels said.
In 2011, Mexican authorities found a trebuchet capable of hurling packages of marijuana over the fence near Naco, and last December, Border Patrol agents arrested two teenagers in the same area after they found the boys were in possession of marijuana believed to have been launched by an air cannon.
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