Mexican drug traffickers have devised many creative ways of smuggling their products into the US. Along with half-mile tunnels and submarines, catapults are now part of the repertoire.
Men wheeling a giant catapult up to a wall, lobbing heavy objects to the other side, could be a battle scene out of The Lord of the Rings.
The setting is not Middle Earth, but the equally surreal US-Mexico border. Perhaps the only things missing are the Orcs and wizards.
Mexican drug smugglers searching for innovative ways to transport their narcotics were discovered using a 9-foot-tall catapult to launch bundles of marijuana over the border fence and into the United States (see video below).
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Mexican drug traffickers have long devised creative ways of smuggling their products into the US, the largest narcotics market in the world and worth tens of billions of dollars per year.
Authorities have discovered sophisticated drug tunnels running under the border, replete with rail cars and ventilation systems. Semi-submersible vessels have transported cocaine aboard so-called "narcosubs" from Colombia to Mexico. Couriers are known to whisk drugs, cash, and guns past US and Mexican customs in car tires and diaper trucks, while illegal migrants are forced to become drug mules.