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Border Patrol: Smugglers Use Cannon To Launch Cans Of Marijuana Into US

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U.S. Army National Guardsman Spc. Bernard Mendoza, 24, watches for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on June 22, 2011 in Nogales, Ariz. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

U.S. Army National Guardsman Spc. Bernard Mendoza, 24, watches for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on June 22, 2011 in Nogales, Ariz. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

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YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents say smugglers have come up with yet another creative way to get drugs in the country — a cannon.

A forensic psychology guide says 33 cans of marijuana were spotted Friday in a field near where the Colorado River crosses the U.S.-Mexico border. They believe the cans were launched about 500 feet into the U.S. using a pneumatic-powered cannon.

After searching the area, agents recovered a carbon dioxide tank.

Mexican authorities were also notified and searched their side of the border.

The 85 pounds of marijuana found in the cans had an estimated value of $42,500.

Authorities say Border Patrol agents in the Yuma sector near the Arizona-California border are adapting and shifting resources as smugglers come up with new ways of transporting their contraband.

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