Mexican gangs trying to get illegal drugs across the border into Arizona have developed an array of weapons to combat increased border patrols. Authorities recently found one in the town of Agua Prieta, just across the border from Douglas, Arizona.
During a recent raid on a home, Mexican officials discovered a huge bazooka used to shoot packages of drugs across the border, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
The bazooka had been enhanced by technology to use a compressor to launch drugs over the border fence at Douglas and into the United States.
The van in which the bazooka was discovered had a sliding roof, allowing the drugs to be sent over the border before the the roof slid back into place to hide the bazooka.
Mexican soldiers also seized 1,800 pounds of marijuana from the home, in addition to more than 1,900 rounds of ammunition.
The capture of the bazooka ended months of work on the part of officials on both sides of the border.
Border Patrol agents and Douglas police officers have seized cylindrical bundles of marijuana for the past year.
In August, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials observed a 100-pound bundle of marijuana land in Douglas. CBP spokesman Rob Daniels said the package was worth nearly $48,000.
In July, a 140-pound bundle was recovered in Douglas after a citizen alerted the Douglas police by calling 911 to report that bundles were being launched over an 18-foot fence. The wall proposed by President Donald Trump would be 30 to 40 feet high.
Last year, authorities in Sonora found a “homemade bazooka” that measured 10 feet long.
In February, Paul Beeson, who heads a joint task force to protect the southern border, told Congress that smugglers “previously threw, by hand, small loads of drugs over the border fence, they now utilize compressed air cannons to launch bundles of illicit narcotics in excess of 100 pounds over the border fence.”
Beeson said these operations are “indicative of the ever-evolving and persistent intent of (gangs) to exploit the border environment.”
Trump has noted that when drugs fly over current barriers, the results could be deadly.
“As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over,” Trump said in July.
The president said in October that the wall he wants to build along America’s southern border will change the equation in the war against illegal drugs.
“We must stop the flow of all types of illegal drugs into our communities,” he said during a White House ceremony. “For too long, dangerous criminal cartels have been allowed to infiltrate and spread throughout our nation.”
“An astonishing 90 percent of the heroin in America comes from south of the border, where we will be building a wall, which will greatly help in this problem. It will have a great impact. My administration is dedicated to enforcing our immigration laws, defending our maritime security, and securing our borders.”
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