Smugglers using cannons to shoot marijuana over US border

There’s certainly something to be said for the “cool” factor.  Apparently, smugglers are now using a cannon to shoot cans of marijuana over the US border from Arizona.

Brings new meaning to getting high.

When I was younger, I used to go fishing on a boat out of Cape May that was purchased at a sheriff’s auction for pennies on the dollar. It was a normally expensive boat, that was fast enough to outrun the law while running drugs from the Caribbean to Florida. But that was a few decades ago, and the times have changed.

A few years ago, authorities started to discover secret submarines that could transport drugs from South America to the big market up north. Sneaky stuff, but they also had to be expensive.

Fast forward to this week, smugglers had a failed mission after shooting over $40,000 worth of marijuana over the border fence with Arizona. Somehow there was a mixup over either the shooting date or the pickup date so authorities discovered “ordinance” the size of soup cans all over a farmer’s field.

As one former official says in the video below, drug smugglers are using older methods to try and evade the modern technology deployed by the US.

In the last year, catapults, cranes, and ramps designed to get vehicles over the fence have all been found.

As we see on a regular basis in Afghanistan, having the best technology doesn’t necessarily win the day.


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  • hollywoodstein

    Of course the easy way is the same way most drugs end up inside prisons. Bribe the guards.

  • hollywoodstein

    Also, too I know a foolproof method thats been used at least twenty years that the federales have never clued in on.
    As long as there is demand there will be ways to meet supply.

  • hollywoodstein

    Funny thing is they are now using radio controlled drones to deliver the goods. Turnabout is fair play.

  • MyrddinWilt

    The idea of the great wall of China was actually to keep the bandits in and stop them escaping with the loot after they had been pillaging.

    The wall was simply too long to be manned at the time. It would take millions of men.

    Hadrian’s wall did keep the Scotts out. The Romans eventually left because the cost of the occupation was greater than the return.

    What killed the wall as a defensive measure was the invention of cannon. What I think rather interesting here is that they were sending in pot rather than hard drugs which would presumably have a higher markup.

    Quite likely a test run to see if the stuff got damaged and/or if the farmer in question would report the find. $40K of pot street price would cost them rather less. If the drugs had not been reported they could use it as a regular drop for the hard stuff.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Just goes to show how pointless it is to build a physical border wall: There is always a way over it or under it.

    Even the Great Wall of China failed to keep out the Mongol hordes, and Hadrian’s Wall didn’t keep out the Scottish Picts.

    And yes, if grass was legal, criminals wouldn’t be using cannons to shoot crappy weed over the border.

  • freewayblogger

    I think this’ll be an area where drone technology starts getting employed more and more as well. Certainly the cheapness and availability of GPS and homing beacon technologies will make drug smuggling a lot easier: just attach to a tourist’s car and find it later. Eliminates all that terrible tension and stress that comes from people knowing they have drugs in the vehicle while crossing the border.

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