Catapult Used to Launch Marijuana Into U.S. From Mexico Seized by Border Patrol Agents, Authorities Say

The contraption was powerful enough to sling two bundles of weed —
weighing a combined 47 pounds — into the United States from Mexico.

February 15, 2017

Border Patrol agents in Arizona thwarted some drug smugglers and dismantled a drug catapult used to launch marijuana into the United States from Mexico.

The catapult was attached to the top of a border fence near the Douglas Port of Entry, which is about two hours southeast of Tucson, Customs and Border Protection officials said in a statement Tuesday. 

The device appeared to be constructed of square tubing and a heavy spring welded together, with rope tied around parts of it.

The contraption was powerful enough to sling two bundles of weed — weighing a combined 47 pounds — into the United States from Mexico.

Agents made the discovery on February 10, when they approached several people near the fence, who then ran away.

They searched the area and found the drugs nearby.

The CBP alerted Mexican authorities, who seized the catapult, and CBP agents later dismantled it. The US federal agency then showed off its sense of humor by tweeting: "#USBP agents spring into action dismantling catapult used to launch #Marijuana" (Get it?).

This is just the latest example of drug smugglers' ingenuity, or more accurately, the ingenuity of the authorities who caught them.

In January, officers in Pharr, Texas, seized $789,467 worth of marijuana in a shipment of key limes. They used a K-9 narcotics team and thermal imaging to find the 3,947 pounds of weed that had been stuffed into more than 34,000 fake limes.

Last year, authorities at the same border crossing discovered 2,493 pounds of marijuana that had been disguised as carrots. It took two Ford pickup trucks to haul away the phony carrots, which the CBP estimated were worth almost a half-million dollars.

Rate this blog entry:
Review reveals missing evidence in Tucumcari
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to eliminate backlog ...

Related Posts

Blotter - Latest News

News By Region

Keywords

tampered evidence undersheriff stealing gungs selling guns Sexual assault kit sentence to prison stealing guns West Coast tampered drugs week sheriffs employee gets jail state Division unwanted medications stolen ammunition untested rape kits Standards Untested Sexual Kits stolne guns Thursday Sexual assault Survivors Bill of Rights St stealing cash Signed Out Evidence steal drugs untestted sexual assault kits sexual assault task force steal money tape untested sexual assault evidence sergeant charged serial rapist stealing funs stealing money sheriff arrested State Agency Evidence Jobs stolen meth years of neglect unaccouted guns Republican lawmakers stolen jewelry release of evidence untest rape kit theft conviction Storage withholding evidence trial stolen gons seized property settlement show technician arrested tampering with police records stealing heroin stolen drug from evidence stealing drugs recovered property Vancouver BC Untest rape kits threw away evidence Thursday.Charles Holifield unaccounted drugs sentence to jail sexual assault tampered envelopes storage bunker stolen methamphetamine stolen cash tapes edited tampering with public record seized guns unsolved murder stealing cocaine sexual assault kit strange evidence Sheriff Arrested work state government Washington State Patrol crime lab Williams trooper sentenced tampering with evidence stolen money stolen marijuana stolen cocaine Sergeant Arrested steal evidnece Via URL Browse Media Upload theft of drugs security camera footage seized money SAKs Suicide sheriff untested sexual kit sexual assault cases sex crime Ventura County sheriff Wattier unit rcmp returned evidence taking marijuana stolen guns State/Province stolen gun sexual assault kits state prison storage practices Texas Forensic Science Commission UNTESTED RAPE KITS stored as evidence stolen evidence woochy poochy Year stealing drug evidence report Wednesday side door stolen OxyContin Sheriff pleads guilty Untested rape kit untestes rape kits Tulare Police untested rape kit theft of money Wichita Police Department Trial at Riak stolen cannabis Theft report stealing bills Wrongful Conviction trooper arrested skunky aroma wafted stealing pistols Stolen pills urn STOLEN CASH statute of limitations Wrongful conviction state chips Untested rape kits stolen drugs sexual assault evidence South Dakota Highway Patrolman wrongful conviction United Kingdom Transient property sloppy evidence control stored evidence State trooper accused Rape Kits Backlog

Search IAPE