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Article updated: 12/11/2012 8:54 PM

Border Patrol: Cannon used to shoot drugs into U.S.

Associated Press

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

Authorities say 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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