Smuggling drugs into the U.S. has become such a complicated and high-tech affair, with cartels building sophisticated tunnel networks and stealthy submarines to get their goods around the watchful eye of customs and border patrol agents. But a group of Mexican drug runners recently applied an 8th-century approach to their profession, using a homemade, trailer-mounted catapult to hurl bales of marijuana over the border fence.
Mexican soldiers, tipped off by U.S. National Guard troops monitoring the area with surveillance cameras, seized a few dozen pounds of marijuana, a sport-utility vehicle, and the catapult it was towing near the small town of Naco near the Mexico-Arizona border on Friday. The smugglers had already fled the scene.
The catapult was found about 20 yards from the fence, standing roughly ten feet tall and prepped to launch several 4.4-pound bales of pot into the United States. And from what we can gather from the few grainy photos available, it looks like a legit piece of elementary medieval siege weaponry.
Most puzzling is how to classify the lobbing of bulk marijuana across an international border using a machine of not-so-modern warfare. While it doubtless runs afoul of U.S. drug laws, from a diplomatic standpoint is this considered an act of war or a foreign aid package?
Definitely foreign aid packages! : D
Agreed with foreign aid!
...I think it looks more like a trebuchet.
or a trebuchet-catapult hybrid. and while I don't think it qualifies as foreign aid, or an act of war, it's still hilarious to see smugglers trying to catapult pot across the border!
lol, foreign aid package!
The catapult was homemade? So, it's okay,man, it's NATURAL...
-IMP ;) :)
We spend millions trying to keep drugs out of the country and we're not safe against catapulted marijuana.
Clearly we need a better wall... possibly the tallest, strongest, most secure wall to ever be built. Yeah, that'll solve our problems.
Catapult? Na, more like Cata-pot.
HAHAHAHAHA! sux they busted it but HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!
Higher walls to protect against "killer" weed huh? You are an idiot.
Stay in the swamp and focus more on your tweeker meth head rednecks and crack slinging 12 year olds that surround coral gables before you spout off about weed, the boarder, or any issue you know nothing about.
Go watch scarface and stfu lil boy.
OR: your sarcasm texting skills are AWESOME. lol
I don't use recreational drugs and don't believe anyone should or at least should refrain from excess. The time has past in my opinion to legalize marijuana.
Pretty sure they could issue a licensee if the users take classes and users should be forced to visit an emergency room and maybe other places where the results of it's use can be found. Pretty sure most people could somewhat safely use it. It may help stop the violence and waste of trying to fight it.
Why hasn't it been legalized. The old folks like me can't be that way. They were the one's in the love in's smoking it in the 60's.
We should turn the tables on them and make a much larger catapult and toss all the illegals back over the fence! All 20 million of them!
the math just does not work.
the arm on the ammo side is not long enough,
there is no 100-200LB weight on the other side,
that tiny stick on the top will not hold the forces created.
based on the pic the max distance of this is about 3 feet.
and what's with the people pulling on it like that?
we need to build the great wall of america and add a sniper tower every 1/4th of a mile, that will keep them and their pot out XD
its more like a catapult, there are rubber bands(?) on one end the police are pulling the otherside down to cause tension on the rubber bands, that is the part where the packages are attached, looks liek it could throw 4 lbs packages a few yards, just enough to get it over a fence
i have to disagree with your 3 ft
thank you, i did not see that.
based on the new information provided to me i find that my entire argument was wrong. sorry
and the 3 feet thing was an exaggeration(a lot).
They should definately be considered an act of war. It would be no less silly than the last two boarder wars to the south.
In fact, would there be anyone of good moral character who would mind a third boarder war? Add a few more stars to the flag, a few more seats in the senate, and spread good ole' liberty and freedom down that way.
Add in a few islands, half of which we already run by proxie and convince those norther provences to finally join us in rebellion against the brutal British crown, and the USNA (United State of North America) can get back to global empiricism and the Monroe doctrine can finally be fully enforced.
augh, quality of comments really has decreased significantly since I started a few years back! I personally think that this is hilarious. And to "hackerslayer787", the solution is not building a multi-trillion dollar wall, multiplying our deficit. The solution is pot legalization- this has gone on for far too long.
you can simply tell the illegals that try to come over that if they build our wall they are citizens XD no need to pay for a bunch of legal unionized workers
if people from US want to decrease drug trafficking
they should stop using the drugs in the first place
becase the weed that you smoke is not grown on someone's backyard or garden.
LOL. Care package inbound.
hah i erad that comment and automaticaly thought of a c-17 in mw2 droping huge bales of weed XD
A pot trebuchet would likely have been more effective.
But anyway, its the 21st century, come one guys. Put them in metal coolers and bring on the Ganja Gauss Cannon!!!
Seriously though, I agree one of the best ways to reduce the smuggling issue with marijuana is to simply legalize it. I am also a proponent of it from an economic standpoint. We need to boost our domestic agricultural output and this would be a great way to do it. legalize it, market it, tax the hell out of it, and watch Philip Morris profits soar. I do not smoke (marijuana or tobacco), but I'm more than willing to profit off the poor schmucks that do. They are going to buy it no matter what, so we should at least do our best to make sure they buy American!!
I say use it on our side light the pot bales on fire and & send em back flameing wats next wraping mexicans in bubble rap and catapulting them accross that would be A mexipult
This is an assult on America and I call for a full scale invasion to repel the attackers and annex Mexico!
THE SILENCS WAR. Like it or not, Mexican is now recovering Lands of NATIVE INDIANS people of hundreds of tribes including mexican Tribes from the North of "North America" (more specific....America cover from ALASKA to Argentina and Malvina Islans. America is not The United States. The official name of Mexico is " Estados Unidos Mexicanos" [ United States of Mexico ] and what is the official name of United States of North and North America.....remembering......
that Mexico is located in the North of the ECUATOR, so Mexico pertain to North America.
So,....whatever the technology that they use it or they applied to it, people from Mexico they will cross drugs and humans again and again.