Catapults Brought Into War on Drugs


Every once in a while, a headline flashes past my newsreader that I simply have to click on. This is one of those times.

Marijuana catapulted across U.S.-Mexico border

Say what?

Drug smugglers trying to get marijuana across the Arizona-Mexico border apparently are trying a new approach — a catapult.

National Guard troops operating a remote video surveillance system at the Naco Border Patrol Station say they observed several people preparing a catapult and launching packages over the International Border fence last Friday evening.

What would have been cooler is if the National Guard troops had caught sight on their television screens of the bundles of marijuana flying through the air. Maybe they did…

The three-metre-tall catapult was found about 20 metres from the U.S. border on a flatbed towed by a sports utility vehicle, according to a Mexican army officer with the 45th military zone in the border state of Sonora.

The catapult was capable of launching two kilograms of marijuana at a time, the officer said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

Soldiers seized 16 kilograms of marijuana, the vehicle and the catapult device, the officer said.


I read this story out loud to Erin, to which she replied, “You know what they should use next time? A trebuchet! Those things can launch things hundreds of powers hundreds of meters.

All I could think of was the smugglers yelling “Pull!”

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