One of the newest ways that Mexican drug cartels have been smuggling drugs across the border into the U.S. is . . . by using technology straight out of "Lord of the Rings".

Border Patrol and the Mexican military recently found a MEDIEVAL CATAPULT just south of the Arizona border.  Smugglers would put packages of marijuana in the catapult and launch them to people waiting across the border.

Every year, the Border Patrol busts hundreds of different smuggling attempts . . . from tunnels underground, to horses and trucks on the ground, to small aircraft above the ground.  This is their very first catapult, though.  (Reuters)