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Border Patrol: Cannon used to shoot drugs into US

Border Patrol: Cannon used to shoot drugs into US

CREATED Dec 11, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Higgins

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol agents say smugglers have come up with yet another creative way to get drugs in the country - a cannon.

Authorities say 33 cans of marijuana were spotted Friday in a field near the Colorado River where it crosses the U.S.-Mexico border. They believe the cans were propelled about 500 feet into the U.S. using a pneumatic-powered cannon.

After doing a search of the area, agents recovered a carbon dioxide tank.

Mexican authorities were also notified and searched their side of the border.

The 85 pounds of marijuana found in the cans had an estimated value of $42,500.

Authorities say agents in the Yuma sector are adapting and shifting resources as smugglers come up with new ways of transporting their contraband.

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