Following up on a tip by the U.S. Border Patrol, Mexican authorities in the border town of Agua Prieta seized a catapult being used to throw bundles of marijuana and possibly other drugs over the border to Douglas, Arizona. The device appeared to be constructed of square tubing and a heavy spring welded together, with rope tied around parts of it.
"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". That's when they noticed the catapult system on Mexico's side of the border. The U.S. Border Patrol agents dismantled the catapult system and it was seized by Mexican officials.
This is just the latest example of drug smugglers' ingenuity, or more accurately, the ingenuity of the authorities who caught them.
Customs and Border Protection agents discovered the contraption, seemingly made of "square tubing and a heavy spring welded together, with rope tied around parts of it", on February 10, scaring off a group of people nearby and later discovering bundles of weed in the vicinity. It took two Ford pickup trucks to haul away the phony carrots, which the CBP estimated were worth nearly a half-million dollars.