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Lord of the Rings IV? No, just a pot catapult on US-Mexico border. [video]

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.

A catapult found near the US border is seen parked in Aguaprieta in the state of Sonora, Mexico, on Jan. 27. Mexican drug smugglers have tried to use hefty catapults to hurl drugs north over the US-Mexico border, authorities said.


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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).

"It looks like a medieval catapult that was used back in the day," Tucson sector Border Patrol spokesman David Jimarez told Reuters.

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.


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