Agents discover catapult used to launch drugs over US - Mexico Border

Alicia WestFeb 16, 2017

While on patrol on Friday, agents noticed people sprinting from the border fence as they approached.

United States border patrol agents have found a medieval-style catapult mounted on the border wall with Mexico, created to launch bundles of drugs into the US. When the agents arrived at the fence, they discovered a catapult attached to the Mexico-side of the fence.

The CBP alerted Mexican authorities, who seized the catapult, and CBP agents later dismantled it.


Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agent Vicente Paco said the device was "very complex".

There was no report of arrests associated with the February 10 incident. The U.S. agents seized the marijuana. Instead, they just installed a catapult to fling bundles of marijuana over the fence and into the United States, officials say. Often, these operations are responsible for thousands of pounds of drugs coming into the country rather than the smaller amounts that could enter with a catapult system, CNN reported. Vehicle ramps and lightweight aircraft have also been used to get drugs across the border, according to CBS News.

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