Douglas, Arizona: Mexican Traffickers Catapult Drugs Across US Border

29 Jan

Mexican drug traffickers appear to be using medieval-style catapults to fling drugs across the border between Mexico and the United States, the defense ministry said Friday.

A catapult seized near the US border in Aguaprieta Enlarge photo

Mexican security forces on Thursday found “a device similar to a catapult” abandoned on a street in Agua Prieta, a Mexican border town south of Douglas, Arizona, in the second such discovery in a week, a statement said.

Soldiers found a similar metal catapult — 3.5 meters (yards) high and with a 4.5 meter arm — on a trailer in the area on January 21, the statement said.

A small amount of marijuana was found nearby, it added.

US media this week broadcast surveillance video from US Border Patrol showing suspected drug traffickers using a giant catapult to launch parcels onto US territory.

Mexican traffickers have already been caught using remote-controlled planes, tunnels or hidden compartments in vehicles to smuggle drugs into the United States.

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