MEXICO CITY — Mexican drug traffickers appear to be using medieval-style catapults to fling drugs across the border between Mexico and the United States, the defense ministry said Friday.
Mexican security forces on Thursday found “a device similar to a catapult” abandoned on a street in Agua Prieta, a Mexican border town south of Douglas, Arizona, in the second such discovery in a week, a statement said.
Soldiers found a similar metal catapult — 3.5 meters (yards) high and with a 4.5 meter arm — on a trailer in the area on January 21, the statement said.
A small amount of marijuana was found nearby, it added.
US media this week broadcast surveillance video from US Border Patrol showing suspected drug traffickers using a giant catapult to launch parcels onto US territory.
Mexican traffickers have already been caught using remote-controlled planes, tunnels or hidden compartments in vehicles to smuggle drugs into the United States.