Mexican drug smugglers have taken notes from mid-inning baseball entertainment, as they have begun using t-shirt cannons filled with canisters containing marijuana to shoot the drug across the border to the United States.
U.S. Border Patrol officers discovered 33 cans of pot on Friday in a field near where the Colorado River crosses the U.S.-Mexico border.
They believe the cans were propelled about 500 feet into the U.S. from a pneumatic-powered cannon similar to the ones used to launch T-shirts.
The 85 pounds of marijuana found inside what appeared to be soup cans inserted into larger sealed containers had an estimated value of $42,500. All the seized narcotics are scheduled to be destroyed.
No arrests have been made of the Mexican drug smugglers, but Border Patrol agents say that this is one small example of the innovative ways the Mexican drug smugglers have attempted to send drugs into the States.
“By actually shooting it over the fence, they don’t have to worry about mules or smugglers actually backpacking it across,” Kyle Estes, Yuma Sector Border Patrol public affairs officer, told the Yuma Sun.
The scheme came to an end when a concerned citizen spotted the cans, each containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana, all over the freshly plowed field.
Former DEA official Douglas Hebert says smugglers are looking for low-cost, low-risk techniques to smuggle the drugs, to avoid losing man power to arrests or gunfire at the border.
“When you have contraband, poverty and desperation and time, you’re going to come up with innovative techniques to get drugs across the border,” Hebert said.
Who knows what they’ll try next?
Jordan Shepherd | Elite.