Mexican officials seized some 1,800 pounds of marijuana and a bazooka reportedly adapted to launch the drugs into the U.S. in the border town of Agua Prieta on Nov. 9.
As Mexican authorities continue to crack down on drug smugglers, criminals continue to aim high in a bid to evade them. Last week, Mexican authorities seized a jury-rigged bazooka and nearly one ton of marijuana in the border town of Agua Prieta in Sonora state, the Mexican Attorney General said in a statement.
The bazooka had been “adapted” to use a compressor for launching drugs into the United States. The Mexican daily El Universal reports the device was inside a van with a sliding roof, allowing the bazooka to shoot the drugs from the cover of the vehicle.
Agua Prieta lies directly across the border from Douglas, Ariz. Last year, Mexican federal authorities found yet another “homemade bazooka” in the town, this one measuring nearly 10 feet long, alongside an air compressor inside a modified panel van with no license plate. Officials say it was apparently used for launching projectiles, possibly drugs, across the border.
ABC News video of homemade bazooka seized in 2016.
Smugglers have been trying to hurl drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border for years.