Before today it seemed the use of medieval weaponry in drug deals had
gone the way of the knife, the chainsaw and the cheesy mustache: guns are
all the rage these days and
most likely your neighborhood dealer's weapon
of choice. News from the border tells us differently: patrol agents in
Arizona have seized a large catapult that smugglers were allegedly using
to launch large packages of marijuana from Mexico to a remote area in Arizona. And you thought
getting weed into that MGMT show was difficult! The 9-foot tall catapult
was found about 20 yards from the border in Mexico, and capable of
launching almost 4.5 pound packages of la yerba
into the United States,
says Philip Caulfield at the NY Daily Press. Was this a result of a
physics project gone awry? Drug lords with a keen sense of classical
history? Nostalgia for the days of princesses and castles? Some quick
reactions from the web.
"I have not seen anything like that in my
time before as a Border Patrol agent ... although we are trained to
handle any kind of a threat that comes over that border," says Tucson
Border Patrol Spokesperson David Jimarez, quoted at Fox News.com
. You don't say!
"The trillion dollars
we have spent waging the drug war? Not so wasteful after all. We have
the technology...to stop 8th century (B.C.) technology!" quips Josh
"In other news, Wile E. Coyote is apparently Mexico's newest drug lord," says Adrian Chen
the underground tunnels for smuggling drugs across the Mexico/U.S.
border are sooo 2010," writes April Peveteaux
on The Stir. She suggests an
other method of subterfuge from antiquity for the wannabe
classicists: a Trojan horse?
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