The Army National Guard stationed along the border between Mexico and the United States discovered an invention once used to hurl heavy objects onto troops. The Mexicans, however, were not trying to lay siege to the United States rather they were trying to hurl tons of drugs over the border. The thing works too. Troops at the Naco Border Patrol Station, in Arizona, say they observed several people preparing a catapult and launching packages over the fence late last week. A Mexican army officer says the 3-yard (3-meter) tall catapult was found about 20 yards (20 meters) from the U.S. border on a flatbed towed by a sports utility vehicle.
The potapult could launch 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) of marijuana at a time and soldiers seized 35 pounds of weed at the launch site. Soldiers also seized the potapult, trailer and vehicle. The smugglers abandoned the site when they saw the troops approaching and none were captured. A second catapult was discovered Thursday in near Agua Prieta, another border town. Another army officer in that area said an anonymous tip led soldiers to the scene and the catapult was similar to the first. It’s the first time officials have seen such methods used to smuggle drugs into the States. Oddly enough its not the first time a catapult has been used on the border. Border Patrol officers discovered a catapult that was being used to launch humans over the fence and onto a mattress on the other side.
I’m not sure how much sense the ‘potapult’ makes as you still have to have someone retrieve the pot and it’s a freakin catapult. I would have loved to hear the radio chatter between the guardsman as they observed it being set up and fired. I thought I had seen it all when we discovered that the Colombians were using homemade submarines to traffic drugs! I guess when you try all of the modern ways with limited success you have to go medieval.
Source: The Globe and Mail