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Border Patrol agents find drug catapult, marijuana bundles at US-Mexico border

In this Jan. 25, 2017 photo, a truck drives near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico. (AP Photo/Christian Torres)

DOUGLAS, Ariz. — Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona said they’ve seized two bundles of marijuana that were catapulted across the border from Mexico.

A photo of the drug catapult located on the U.S.-Mexico border fence. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

(Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

While patrolling an area east of the Douglas Port of Entry last Friday, agents noticed several people running from the border fence as they approached.

They reported finding a catapult system attached to the south side of the fence and two bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 47 pounds combined.

Agents dismantled the catapult, which was seized by Mexican authorities.

Federal authorities said in recent years, smugglers have thrown drug bundles over the border or shot them over with devices such as air-powered cannons and catapults.

Smugglers also have placed vehicle ramps next to the border fence or wall and used ultralight aircraft to drop drug shipments in the desert.

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