Cross-Border Zip Line Smuggling Attempt Busted in Arizona

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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.

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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.

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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.

South of San Diego, builders have started construction on eight prototypes of the US-Mexico border wall promised by President Donald Trump, and area officials are preparing for possible crowds of protesters.

(Published Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017)

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.