Smugglers used cannon to fire cans of marijuana into U.S.

Cans of marijuana

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol agents seized 33 cans of marijuana discovered in a field on Friday.


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 10:43 PM

YUMA, Ariz. -- U.S. Border Patrol agents said drug smugglers used a pneumatic-powered cannon to fire cans filled with marijuana into the United States.

Agents received a report of suspicious containers in a field near Yuma on Friday. Responding agents found 33 cans of marijuana with a net weight of 85 pounds.

The agents searched the area and recovered a carbon dioxide tank.

They believe the cans were propelled 500 feet with the air-powered cannon.

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

Border Patrol and Mexican authorities are working together to investigate the smuggling attempt.

Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-866-999-8727.

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