Smugglers use catapult to launch drugs over the Arizona-Mexico border

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A catapult was found near the Douglas Port of Entry last Saturday. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) A catapult was found near the Douglas Port of Entry last Saturday. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Agents found bundles of marijuana near the catapult. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Agents found bundles of marijuana near the catapult. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Law enforcement dismantled the catapult. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Law enforcement dismantled the catapult. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
DOUGLAS, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It appears some suspects took a page from the Middle Ages and used a catapult to chuck bundles of marijuana from Mexico into Arizona.

Border Patrol agents were patrolling the area east of the Douglas Port of Entry on Feb. 10 when they spotted several people running away from the fence when they approached, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

When they got closer to the fence, they found a catapult system attached to the south side of the fence. When agents searched the area, they found two bundles of marijuana that weighed more than 47 pounds combined.

The agents dismantled the catapult, which was seized by Mexican authorities.

Federal authorities say in recent years, smugglers have thrown drug bundles over the border or shot them over with devices such as air-powered cannons and catapults.

Smugglers also have placed vehicle ramps next to the border fence or wall and using ultralight aircraft to drop shipments in the desert.

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