Mexican officials find pot-launching bazooka near Arizona border
PHOENIX — A bazooka that seemed to be made to launch marijuana over the U.S.-Mexico border was found in a Mexican town adjacent to Douglas, Arizona, on Wednesday.
According to the Arizona Daily Star, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said military and federal police found the bazooka, along with 1,800 pounds of marijuana and nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition in Agua Prieta, Sonora.
The bazooka was described as a “tubular mechanism with a compressor” and was found inside a small van. Authorities think it was made to transport drugs over the border wall.
This is not the first time a large amount of marijuana was found near the border: In 2015, authorities found 60 pounds of pot in a sewer line near Nogales.
In February, Border Patrol agents in Arizona discovered a large catapult attached to the top of a border fence in Douglas.
And in May, Border Patrol agents seized almost 430 pounds of marijuana near Tucson, which was worth an estimated $215,000.
Federal agents in southern Arizona watched a huge bundle fly across the border fence and discovered it was 96 pounds of marijuana back in August.
And federal agents in southern Arizona chased and caught a truck heading to Mexico and confiscated more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana later that same month.