Mexican drug smugglers have turned to propelling their products across the border into the U.S., but will these devices be able to surmount Pres. Trump’s planned border wall?
On Feb. 10, Tucson, Ariz. border patrol agents noticed several people on the south side quickly retreating from the fence as they approached. When agents arrived at the fence, they found a catapult system attached to the south side of the border fence. They searched the area and located two bundles of marijuana.
Agents contacted law enforcement authorities in Mexico who responded to investigate. U.S. Border Patrol agents dismantled the catapult system, which was seized by Mexican authorities. Border Patrol agents took possession of the marijuana that weighed more than 47 pounds combined.
Last December, Border Patrol agents used multi-surveillance capabilities to catch smugglers using an air cannon to shoot a 34 pound bundle of drugs over the border from Mexico into Naco, Arizona.
And, one group of Mexican drug smugglers used BOTH methods to launch drugs into the U.S. – until the Mexica police caught up with them in September of last year.
According to a press release by the Mexican Security Commission, the culprits stole a van, which they then modified with the catapult and air cannon:
“An air compressor, a gasoline engine, an air storage tank and a metal tube about 3 meters long (homemade bazooka) were located inside.
“Also, it was detected that the unit has a cut in the back of the helmet that allows to place the metallic tube for the launching of projectiles, possibly used from the border of the border strip of Mexico towards the United States.”
Of course, your more tech-savvy Mexican drug smugglers don’t rely on Medieval-era weapons to deliver their contraband to the U.S. – they simply use drones.