Drug Smugglers Are Now Using Canons to Launch Pot Over the U.S.-Mexico Border
It's a bird... it's a plane... it's... a giant sack of marijuana?
Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have seized a nearly 100-pound bundle of marijuana after spotting it flying over the border fence.
Surveillance video on Wednesday captured the large package launching through the air over the fence from Mexico to the U.S. Agents on the ground found a large, plastic-wrapped bundle worth about $48,000.
Spokeswoman Stephanie Dixon said drug smugglers are increasingly launching massive bundles of pot over the border fence, posing a danger to nearby residents and businesses because of their weight. She said she knew of one incident in which a bundle went through the roof of a dog house.
The tactics have even been cited by President Donald Trump, though critics maintain that his proposed border fence between the U.S. and Mexico would do little to alleviate the problem.
Despite these increasingly creative methods of transport, drug smuggling continues to decline along the Southwest border. Agents seized 1.3 million pounds last year, compared to 2.5 million in 2011.