It didn’t land on anyone’s head, as President Trump warned, but a massive load of drugs — nearly 100 pounds — was launched across the border fence in Douglas, Arizona, earlier this week.
Border Patrol agents watching on remote video saw the massive bundle of marijuana coming over the fence, and agents on the ground responded immediately.
They found the 96-pound load, wrapped in plastic and tape, near the corner of H Avenue and 1st Street in Douglas, a town that sits on the border in southeastern Arizona.
The agency said the drugs are worth $48,000.
Nobody has been arrested yet in connection with the attempt.
CBP didn’t say how the bundle was fired, but a month ago Border Patrol agents and the Douglas Police Department found a 140-pound load they said had been shot across the fence by catapult.
Mr. Trump last month had cited the prevalence of drug loads being tossed over the border as another reason for his border wall, saying it’s a reason to make the wall see-through.
“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,” he said. “As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall. But we have some incredible designs.”
Critics were merciless in mocking Mr. Trump for suggesting drugs were being thrown over the border.
The Atlantic said he’d adopted a “Wile E. Coyote” approach to border security, while Slate questioned the president’s grasp on reality. Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat and a prominent Trump critic on Capitol Hill, quipped that the real question if someone had been hit was “would it be