Cross-Border Zip Line Smuggling Attempt Busted in Arizona - NBC Bay Area

Cross-Border Zip Line Smuggling Attempt Busted in Arizona

From drug tunnels to catapults, smuggling attempts has reached bizarre heights

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    Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona arrested a man and seized 10 bundles of marijuana after a cross-border zip line smuggling attempt. 

    Agents using surveillance technology detected a person a few feet from the international border attempting to conceal himself in a vacant lot Wednesday morning in Douglas. 

    Other agents patrolling the area responded and found the marijuana bundles and an 18-year-old Douglas man. 

    They also discovered a zip line affixed to a tall building across the Mexico border in Agua Prieta, Sonora. 

    Agents transported the bundles to the Douglas Station for processing. 

    Authorities say the marijuana had a combined weight of more than 240 pounds and an estimated value of more than $120,000. 

    They say the unidentified suspect is being held on federal smuggling charges.

    From drug tunnels to drug-slinging catapults, smuggling attempts can reach bizarre heights.

    In August, a man was accused of using a drone to smuggling meth over the U.S.-Mexico border. 

    In May, Agents working an immigration checkpoint in southern Arizona stopped a hearse and found marijuana inside a mahogany coffin.

    In February, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they seized a catapult system that was used to launch marijuana from Mexico into the U.S.