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140-lb bundle of marijuana launched over border wall in Douglas

Following a trend of inventive means to get drugs over the wall near Douglas, police seized a bundle of more than 140 pounds of marijuana that had been launched over the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, authorities said. 

Around 2 p.m., the Douglas Police Department received two 911 calls that someone was launching bundles over the fence, said a spokesman with Tucson Sector Border Patrol. 

A Douglas police officer responded and found a large bundle wrapped in plastic and tape that had broken upon impact, revealing multiple smaller bundles of marijuana, the spokesman said. 

Border Patrol agents from the Douglas station, along with other Douglas police, searched the surrounding area, but did not find any additional bundles, the spokesman said. 

Drug smugglers have used a variety of tactics to get drugs over the 18-foot high bollard fencing that runs along the U.S.-Mexico border in that area, including a catapult found welded to the wall in Agua Prieta, Sonora, the sister city of Douglas. 

In December, two teens were arrested by Border Patrol agents near Naco, just south of Bisbee, after the teens were caught with 34 pounds of marijuana molded into a cylinder approximately the shape of a 55-gallon drum. A surveillance camera operator spotted the drugs being launched over the border using an air cannon. 

Months earlier, in September, authorities in Agua Prieta seized a van outfitted with an air cannon designed to launch drugs over the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The Douglas police officer who found the drugs on Monday was working as part of Operation Stonegarden, a federal border enforcement grant program funded by the Department of Homeland Security and managed by the Border Patrol, the spokesman said.

In November, a Santa Cruz deputy seized more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana found inside a vehicle following a pursuit that ended near Rio Rico, Arizona. 

Last Friday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety was credited with the arrest of a 41-year-old Mexican man accused of smuggling four people into the United States, including two 17-year-old boys. 

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A bundle of marijuana that broke open after it was launched over the border wall on Monday near Douglas, Arizona.