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.


An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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