Drugs Fired From Cannon: Marijuana Launched Across Mexico Border

By iScienceTimes Staff on December 12, 2012 5:01 PM EST

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A marijuana cannon? Sounds AWESOME! ... Oh, it's for smuggling. Bummer. (Photo: Reuters)

Drug smugglers have discovered a new tactic for getting their product into the U.S.: drugs fired from a cannon.

U.S. Customs And Border Protection agents discovered more than 30 cans of marijuana on Friday in Yuma, Ariz. near the Colorado River. The drugs fired from the cannon weigh around 85 lbs and have an estimated street value of $42,500, reports NBC News.

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Officials scouted the area and discovered a carbon dioxide tank about 500 feet away, suggesting the drugs were fired from a pneumatic powered cannon.  Border Patrol agents said the discovery was "another unique but unsuccessful attempt" to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

And in the world of drug smuggling, unique is a relative term.

Last year, Colombian authorities intercepted a pigeon that had 40 grams of marijuana and 5 grams of cocaine paste on its way to the Bucarmanga jail.

"We found the bird about a block away from the prison trying to fly over with a package, but due to the excess weight it could not accomplish its mission," Jose Angel Mendoza, the local police commander, told the Telegraph.

Drugs fired from a cannon are more reliable, but definitely lack the panache of pigeon full of coke. And the drugs fired from a cannon were just marijuana after all. The higher-end cocaine trade is full of even more inventiveness.

Like the cartels that figured out how to turn cocaine into plastic.  Or the ones who turned it into a statue of Jesus by mixing cocaine and plaster together.

Drugs fired from a cannon? That's kid stuff.

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