Smuggling drugs into the United States isn’t an easy task. With border authorities cracking down heavily, drug traffickers need to be a little more creative.
Flinging goods over the border appears to be a popular approach these days as people in recent years have used a giant catapult and a drug-shooting potato gun to launch drugs over the border. The cheeky scamps.
Now the potato gun trick seems to have captured the imagination of some experimental traffickers who decided the idea needed an upgrade. A rather large upgrade, come to that.
Last week, Mexican authorities seized a gigantic, marijuana-firing bazooka close to the Arizona border, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
According to Mexican police, the bazooka was found hidden away inside a cargo van, along with around 1,800 pounds (816 kilograms) of weed and 2,000 rounds of ammunition. Sounds like an interesting little party in there.
Police believe that drug dealers intended to aim the bazooka through the van’s sunroof and shoot large packages of weed across the border into the nearby city of Douglas, Arizona.
Douglas shares a border crossing with the Mexican town of Agua Prieta where the bazooka was found by authorities.
The discovery has helped cops explain another unsolved mystery: when authorities in Douglas noticed a 100lb (45kg) bushel of weed flying over the border while reviewing security footage.
You might call the drug dealers’ effort a… wait for it… ‘potshot’. No? Oh, ok.
Astonishingly, this isn’t the first time that Mexican police have found people using long-range projectile weapons to try to smuggle drugs into the US.
Authorities found a similar weed cannon in the same town of Agua Prieta in 2016. At the time, ABC News released this video of the bazooka and the modified van, which dealers had stripped of all its seats except, of course, the driver’s. It must have been cramped in there.
Undeterred by authorities finding the last bazooka, it looks like dealers have tried to repeat the trick.
It’s unclear whether the two big bazookas are made by the same people, or whether some other chancers just thought firing drugs into another country by cannon sounded like a fun idea.
Still, if the old tried-and-tested drug smuggling methods like eating them, digging a tunnel or simply stuffing them somewhere discrete aren’t working anymore, there’s surely a cheaper option than fitting your van out with a dock-off projectile device. I’M JUST SAYING.