Smugglers Use Cannon to Shoot Marijuana Over Border fence Near Y

Smugglers Use Cannon to Shoot Marijuana Over Border fence Near Yuma


YUMA, Ariz. — In yet another unique but unsuccessful attempt to smuggle narcotics into the U.S., 33 cans of marijuana were discovered and seized Friday by U.S. Border Patrol Agents.

Agents received a report of suspicious containers in a field near County 22nd and the Colorado River. Responding agents found 33 cans of marijuana, with a net weight of 85 pounds, believed to have been propelled 500 feet using a pneumatic-powered cannon.  Agents conducted an extensive search of the area and recovered a carbon dioxide tank.  Mexican authorities were notified and searched the area.  Border Patrol and Mexican authorities are working together to investigate the smuggling attempt.

The marijuana, valued at $42,500, was seized for destruction.

As the Border Patrol makes significant progress targeting and disrupting smuggling operations, smugglers continue to come up with unique methods of transporting their contraband into the U.S. In turn, the Yuma Sector regularly adapts and shifts resources to mitigate smuggling activity and counter threats; often with help from concerned citizens.


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