Border Patrol Wins Battle Against Weed Catapult
Mexican soldiers on Wednesday seized a large drug catapult that smugglers were using to launch packages of pot into a remote area of Arizona.
U.S. National Guard troops at the Naco Border Patrol station about 80 miles southeast of Tucson tipped off the Mexican Army after a surveillance camera spotted several traffickers hurling bundles of weed over the border last Friday night.
The grainy surveillance video below indicates that the contraption is the most basic of catapult designs; the smugglers are required to pull down the arm manually to fire their potent packets. Once they upgrade from "traction" technology to a full-on counterweight machine, there's no telling how quickly Southwestern skies will turn from blue to green.
Tucson Border Patrol spokesman David Jimarez tells the Associated Press that his team is prepared for anything, including weed catapults:
"I have not seen anything like that in my time before as a Border Patrol agent…although we are trained to handle any kind of a threat that comes over that border," Jimarez added.
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