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Marijuana Catapult Found on U.S.-Mexico Border

Border Patrol agents near the Douglas Port of Entry, southeast of Tucson, observed people on the south side who ran away as the agents approached on February 10.

They found two bundles that contained combined 47 pounds of marijuana. The U.S. Border Patrol agents took apart the catapult system. It was seized by Mexican officials. The U.S. agents seized the marijuana. Nobody was arrested.

Over 100 pounds of Marijuana were seized this week at the U.S. – Mexico Border Wednesday, said officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The incident happened at the Port of Sasabe about 74 miles southwest of Tucson. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of mesquite firewood. A narcotics detection canine alerted officials to the truck.

The marijuana was discovered only after officers offloaded the firewood, splitting them in half. The drugs were worth $53,000.

The 41-year old truck driver was turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials.

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