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Marijuana smugglers test out new (old) technology: A catapult

Cannabis fans are some of the most creative people out there. I mean, the apple bong? Who else would have thought of that?

Border Patrol agents in Douglas, Ariz. removed a catapult from the border fence, which was being used to hurl bundles of marijuana into the U.S. from Mexico. (U.S. Customs & Border Enforcement)

So it should not have been a surprise — and yet it kind of was — that marijuana smugglers had found an innovative way to get their wares across a fence that secures a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border near Tucson, Ariz.: They launched them.

Customs and Border Enforcement agents patrolling east of the Douglas Port of Entry last week saw several people running away from the fence on the south side as the agents approached on the north side. As they neared the area, they found a catapult system attached to the south side of the fence, then searched the area and found two bundles of marijuana that weighed almost 50 pounds combined.

Mexican law enforcement agents responded to the south side and seized the catapult system, which had been dismantled by the U.S. agents.

Of course, drug smugglers have long been finding new ways to move product into America. From tunnels, to tunnels with rail systems, to submarines, to drones, they never give up. Maybe we should see about recruiting them into the space program?


H/T to CBS News