As the United States continues to thwart efforts of drug cartels trying to transport contraband across the border, the cartels are becoming more creative in their efforts to smuggle their drugs.
Reports from Arizona indicate that U.S. Border Patrol agents are witnessing desperate and unique actions being taken by those who wish to flood the U.S. with drugs. They are having the drugs stuffed in canisters and fired over the border from cannons.
U.S. Border Patrol agents revealed that they recovered 33 canisters filled with marijuana after they were spotted in a field on Friday. The agents stated that as security is improved along the border, the cartels have developed new methods to get their drugs into America.
Authorities stated that the canisters of marijuana were discovered in a field close to where the Colorado River crosses the U.S.-Mexico border. The canisters are thought to have arrived in the field after being launched about 500 feet into the U.S. using a pneumatic cannon.
The agents suspected it was that type of gas-powered cannon after agents recovered a carbon dioxide tank close to where the marijuana was found.
Officials revealed that they recovered nearly 85 pounds of marijuana from the canisters and had pegged the street value for that amount of pot near $42,500. Mexican authorities were notified after the drugs and canisters were found. There has not been any word if Mexican authorities had managed to detain any suspects.
Authorities said Border Patrol agents that cover the area near the Arizona-California border are forced to adapt and move resources as the drug cartels invent new ways of getting their drugs across the border.
Recently Border Patrol agents recovered a vehicle that had managed to get stuck atop of a fence separating the two countries after the ramp it was using became dislodged, stranding the vehicle on the fence.