Marijuana Cannon Seized; Border Busting Pot Launcher Shot 30 Lbs. At A Time

By iScienceTimes Staff on February 28, 2013 9:29 AM EST

Marijuana Cannon
The fabled marijuana cannon. (Photo: Mexicali Safety Department)

Sorry stoners, the marijuana cannon is not anything like this thing.

The marijuana cannon is actually a drug smuggling device seized by Mexican authorities that is used to fire 30-pound packages of pot over the U.S.-Mexico border. The marijuana cannon first made headlines in November, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents discovered more than 30 cans of marijuana in Yuma, Ariz., near the Colorado River. They found a carbon dioxide tank about 500 feet away which led them to develop the theory of the marijuana cannon. The seizure of the marijuana cannon in Mexico proved those theories were correct.

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How does the marijuana cannon work?

According to officials, the cannon is "made up of a plastic pipe and a crude metal tank that used compressed air from the engine of an old car," and was able to launch 30-pound packages stuffed with pot. It's not known how much marijuana was smuggled into the U.S. via the marijuana cannon, but the amount seized by officials during the November incident totaled more than $42,000. Border Patrol agents have called the marijuana cannon "another unique but unsuccessful attempt" to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

It turns out there are a lot of unique ways to smuggle drugs these days, and although the marijuana cannon sounds interesting it can't compare to the ingenuity seen in the high-stakes world of cocaine smuggling.

For example, Colombian authorities intercepted a pigeon last year 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.

In 2006, a group of Eastern European smugglers were busted when authorities discovered the crooks were able to turn cocaine into plastic and transport it across international borders. Not to be outdone, Mexican smugglers were busted in 2008 when U.S. customs officials seized a 6 pound statue of Jesus Christ that was actually a mix of plaster and cocaine.

So if anyone in the U.S.-Mexico border area sees Jesus statues hurtling through the air, call the police first and a priest second.

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