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Douglas-area smugglers continue to launch drugs over border wall

Smugglers in the Douglas area continue to launch cylindrical bundles of marijuana over the border wall. On Wednesday evening, Border Patrol agents found a large bundle containing more than 96 pounds of the drug after it flew over the wall separating the Arizona border city from Agua Prieta, Son., authorities said. 

Agents operating a remote video surveillance system watched as an object was hurled over the border near H Avenue and First Street in Douglas, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Other agents immediately responded to search the area and found a "large cylindrical bundle" wrapped in tape. The bundle contained nearly 100 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $48,000, Daniels said. 

"Agents seized the marijuana but no arrests have been made at this time," Daniels said. 

On July 26, a Douglas police officer responded to two 911 calls that someone was launching bundles over the 18-foot high bollard wall that separates Douglas and its sister city Agua Prieta, Son., Mexico. 

The officer found a large bundle wrapped in plastic and tape that had broken open on impact, revealing a cluster of smaller bundles. The bundle contained more than 140 pounds of marijuana. 

A similar attempt in December near Naco, just south of Bisbee, resulted in the arrest of two teenagers, who were apprehended with a cylinder containing 34 pounds of marijuana. 

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

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A taped bundle containing 96 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $48,000, found after Border Patrol agents in Douglas, Arizona spotted an object hurled over the border wall on Wednesday evening.