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Smugglers use cannon to fire 85 pounds of marijuana into Arizona

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:24 EDT
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Drug smugglers in Mexico used a cannon to fire containers full of marijuana over the border into Arizona, the U.S. Border Patrol said Tuesday.

In what appears to be yet another innovation in the drug war arms race, authorities said they found 33 cans of marijuana weighing about 85 pounds, and worth approximately $42,500, strewn across a field on Friday.

A search turned up a carbon dioxide tank likely used to propel the containers, according to The Associated Press.

The emergence of an actual cannon, though surprising, isn’t an entirely unexpected development. The National Guard said last year that it spotted drug smugglers using catapults. Some have even resorted to homemade submarines — one of which sunk off the coast of Panama just last week.
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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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