Smugglers ‘fire’ pot over the border by cannons


Just when we thought that any story regarding our border had faded from view, we have this. One has to give the cartel’s credit for ingenuity. A new way of getting drugs across the border. The picture below probably is a potato shooter, but a peek into the technology used. Oops, the fellows on the other side apparently didn’t show up.

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From the Atlantic Wire, via Yahoo:

Just when you thought drug running couldn’t get more extreme, U.S. border patrol officers find 33 cans of marijuana in the desert near the border that they believe were fired from a cannon in Mexico. Authorities caught wind of the new technique when they received reports of some strange canisters popping up near the Colorado River in southern Arizona recently. Agents arrived at the scene to find the cans which collectively held 85 pounds of marijuana. That’s worth $42,500 on the street. By the looks of it, the smugglers had loaded the cans into a pneumatic-powered cannon (think: potato gun) and blasted them 500 yards over the border. Bummer none of their buddies came to pick it up before the police.

This all sounds crazy, but it really does fit neatly into the broader narrative of creative drug-running schemes. Smugglers have long come up with interesting ways to hide their payload, say, in various parts of the car, and just a month ago, a Jeep full of drugs got stuck on top of the border fence in California, while literally trying to ramp over it. The smugglers managed to empty the SUV’s cargo before leaving the scene of the crime. This was only a few months after border patrol agents chased a single-seater go-cart ”painted a desert beige, fitted with knobbly off-road tires, and towing a trailer packed with 217 pounds of marijuana” through the Arizona desert. The smugglers abandoned the $100,000 or so worth of weed and fled back to Mexico, but U.S. customs got to keep the hot rod.

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H/T: Scotty Starnes’s blog

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6 Responses to “Smugglers ‘fire’ pot over the border by cannons”

  1. Designs by Dianne Says:

    What will the cartels do when this administration ‘legalizes’ their products? As the fake prez states, “cool!”
    Opens it up for taxation – they hope – more money for their parties!

    • bunkerville Says:

      Well, a cynics view but true!

  2. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    cocaine traffickers are even more imaginative. There is very big money indrug trafficking so they can afford to spend a lot to make a lot more. The US spends billions on its War on Drugs and the trafickers just keep getting richer. Sigh!

    • bunkerville Says:

      Sadly it funds the underworld and terrorist just like prohibition. Might as well legalize the stuff at this point.

  3. silverfiddle Says:

    Reminds me of when we found the Colombian narcos building a submarine to transport drugs to the US…

    • bunkerville Says:

      Clever fellows. I recall that now. Long way to go to secure the border.


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