Acting on a tip from the U.S. Border Patrol, the Mexican military confiscated 45 pounds of marijuana, an SUV and a metal-framed catapult just south of the border with Arizona last Friday. The U.S. tip was based on surveillance video of the border region, recorded by National Guard troops deployed to help U.S. border guards.
"It looks like a medieval catapult that was used back in the day," Tucson sector Border Patrol spokesman David Jimarez told Reuters. "I have not seen anything like that in my time before as a Border Patrol agent ... although we are trained to handle any kind of a threat that comes over that border."
The catapult, 3 yards high, was capable of launching 4.4 pounds of marijuana at a time, an unidentified Mexican army officer told Arizona TV station KVOA. The men who had been spotted testing the device managed to run off before Mexican soldiers were able to catch them.