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CBP: Zip-line used to smuggle marijuana into Douglas

Drug smugglers in the Douglas-area continue to attempt new and unique ways to send drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. 

On Wednesday morning, a 18-year-old Douglas resident was arrested after Border Patrol agents found a zip-line linked to a building in Agua Prieta, Sonora, used to send bundles of marijuana north over the border fence to a vacant lot in Douglas, Arizona. 

Agents spotted the man "a few feet" from the border, "attempting to conceal himself" in a vacant lot just east of Douglas, said a spokesman with the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector. 

Agents searched the area, and found the man, along with four bundles of marijuana, which contained more than 240 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $120,000. 

The agents also found a zip-line "affixed to a tall building" in Agua Prieta, said the spokesman. 

Agents notified Mexican law enforcement, who searched the structure, but reported that no suspects were found, he said. 

The man, who was otherwise unidentified, was arrested and is being held on federal smuggling charges, he said. 

On Nov. 16, police in Agua Prieta seized a van containing an air cannon that had been used to launch drugs over the U.S-Mexico border, the second one found in less than a year. 

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Bundles containing 240 pounds of marijuana worth $120,000 that were sent over the U.S.-Mexico border using a zip-line connected to a building in Agua Prieta, Sonora.