01/02/2011 | Mexican gangs using catapults to launch marijuana packages into U.S.
The Associated Press
Drug smugglers are using an ancient invention as a new way to move marijuana across the U.S. border.
U.S. National Guard troops operating a remote surveillance system at the Naco Border Patrol Station observed several people launching packages over the fence into Arizona.
A Mexican army officer said the 3-yard tall catapult was found about 20 yards from the border on a flatbed towed by an SUV.
The officer said the catapult was capable of launching 4.4 pounds of marijuana at a time. He said soldiers seized 35 pounds of marijuana, the vehicle and the catapult. The smugglers left before they could be captured.
A second, very similar catapult was discovered near Agua Prieta, another border town.
The Telegraph Herald's(Estados Unidos)
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