January 27th, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Authorities seize catapult used to hurl pot into Arizona

What will drug smugglers think of next?

In an industry that thrives on innovation, some enterprising Mexican marijuana runners went medieval on the border fence, using a catapult to hurl bricks of weed into Arizona, authorities say.

Grainy video from the Department of Homeland Security shows three men priming the throwing arm of the mechanism. Two of the men step away, and when the remaining man lets go, the catapult chucks its wares over the fence.

Various media reports claim the device was capable of launching about 4 pounds of pot (or, presumably, any substance).

Customs and Border Patrol agents, National Guard troops and Mexican authorities joined forces to disrupt the operation, KOLD-TV and other CNN affiliates reported.

The National Guard, operating a remote surveillance system at the Naco Station, about 100 miles southeast of Tucson, observed the men launching packages south of the border fence, according to KVOA-TV.

KGUN-TV said Mexican authorities were unable to apprehend any of the suspects. The surveillance camera operators witnessed the men fleeing.

A sport utility vehicle, the catapult and 45 pounds of marijuana were seized, the affiliates said.

“The Border Patrol's partnerships with Mexican authorities, the National Guard and the public enhance our efforts to address and disrupt the organized drug trafficking threat at the border and serves to degrade the capabilities of transnational criminal organizations,” Jose Cruz, an associate chief in CBP’s Tucson sector, told KVOA.

They’ve got their work cut out for them chasing smugglers, who have resorted to myriad ingenious means to ferry their drugs across borders.

But after seeing beetles, tunnels, submarines, Jesus statues, coconuts, frozen sharks, flip-flops and even puppies used for smuggling, it's unlikely that much surprises them - even when weed runners rely on the ancient Greeks for their methods.

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  1. heewsbownFoek

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    February 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. OdessaKom

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    February 15, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Emmy

    I'm not easily impressed. . . but that's iprmesnsig me! :)

    July 30, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Zacatecas

    That would be the biggest mistake the US ever made.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    Thats what we should be doing. Eliminate ALL the drug smuggelers and cartel members. We know who they are and where they are. It's just a matter of political will. That would be a step in the right direction.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    @ Zakatecas..

    The US should start taking responsiblity for the usage of illegal drugs, and stop blaming everybody else, Turds like you probably like the idea of a response of force..

    January 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Run Boy

    Time to hurl Offtopic over to the Mexico side to see if he can come away alive.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    The best drug smuggler/cartel member is a dead one!!!!

    January 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paul

    how about instead of catapulting explosives back we start catapulting illegals back. . .. . just kidding

    January 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. brian

    Geez, people. It's just pot. Are you the same people who would be writing this stuff about alcohol during prohibition... I bet you would.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JayZ

    @Bob – You want to eliminate drug smugglers and cartel members in one fell swoop? legalize it. Whats better, a couple stoners and a labor intensive taxable agricultural industry, or war?

    January 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lftryagain

    Zacetecus, the biggest mistake the US made, was not including the REST of Mexico in the Manifest Destiny.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dje2671

    Typical dumb American response!!

    January 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Carl

    "The US should start taking responsiblity for the usage of illegal drugs, "

    Recreational drug use has already been illegal in the US for several decades, and tons of money is spent on enforcement. So what exactly do you propose?

    January 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Amazed

    Great idea!!!......not kidding.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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