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Smugglers with "medieval catapult" nabbed at U.S. border

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    (Reuters) - In a brazen attempt reminiscent of a medieval siege, Mexican smugglers tried to use a hefty catapult to hurl drugs north over the U.S. Border, authorities said on Wednesday.

    The Mexican military seized 45 pounds of marijuana, a sports utility vehicle and a metal-framed catapult just south of the Arizona border near the small town of Naco last Friday, following a tip-off from the U.S. Border Patrol.

    Surveillance video taken by National Guard troops deployed to support the Border Patrol caught a group of men apparently attempting to pull down a metal beam and load or test the catapult, which was powered by powerful elastic and mounted on a trailer close to the metal border fence.

    "It looks like a medieval catapult that was used back in the day," Tucson sector Border Patrol spokesman David Jimarez told Reuters.

    Arizona straddles a furiously trafficked corridor for human and drug smugglers from Mexico.

    The U.S. Border Patrol seize hundreds of tons of marijuana and other drugs each year, smuggled over or under the line using a variety of means, including trucks, clandestine tunnels, horseback and even micro-light aircraft -- although the catapult was new, Jimarez said.

    "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," he added.

    (Reporting by Tim Gaynor, editing by Peter Bohan)
    Wed Jan 26, 2011



  1. Pondlife
    That's a great concept for an iPhone or android game :)
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    Raw Video: Catapult for Smuggling Marijuana

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    Drug smugglers trying to get marijuana across the Arizona-Mexico are using a new delivery method: a catapult. Using a video surveillance system, the National Guard caught several people launching packages over the border fence. (Jan. 27)

    From the Associated Press

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  3. Terrapinzflyer
    [imgl=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=19145&stc=1&d=1296322770[/imgl]Mexican Authorities Seize Homemade Marijuana-Hurling Catapult At The Border

    Smuggling drugs into the U.S. has become such a complicated and high-tech affair, with cartels building sophisticated tunnel networks and stealthy submarines to get their goods around the watchful eye of customs and border patrol agents. But a group of Mexican drug runners recently applied an 8th-century approach to their profession, using a homemade, trailer-mounted catapult to hurl bales of marijuana over the border fence.

    Mexican soldiers, tipped off by U.S. National Guard troops monitoring the area with surveillance cameras, seized a few dozen pounds of marijuana, a sport-utility vehicle, and the catapult it was towing near the small town of Naco near the Mexico-Arizona border on Friday. The smugglers had already fled the scene.

    The catapult was found about 20 yards from the fence, standing roughly ten feet tall and prepped to launch several 4.4-pound bales of pot into the United States. And from what we can gather from the few grainy photos available, it looks like a legit piece of elementary medieval siege weaponry.

    Most puzzling is how to classify the lobbing of bulk marijuana across an international border using a machine of not-so-modern warfare. While it doubtless runs afoul of U.S. drug laws, from a diplomatic standpoint is this considered an act of war or a foreign aid package?


    By Clay Dillow Posted 01.27.2011
  4. godztear
    That is absolutely awesome, even though it looks like it was made in someones backyard and likely was. I bet you could toss a midget with that thing. Watch out immigration, new tactics on the horizon.
  5. Samadhi
    that is how swims dealers do it... being pulled over is too risky nowadays.

    Swim bets that is some fantastic nug. After being grown poorly, dried wrong if not still wet and to top it off, catapulted across the border in a pressed brick. This is just plain absurd, but at least they score points for originality.

    There is the argument that if legalized, cannabis would stop flowing from below the border/cartels, but then we'd miss out on the inventive ways used to get it to this great country.

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