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Tag: drug smugglers

Can’t Drive Drugs Across Border? Try Launching Them with a Cannon

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Drug smugglers are using a new technique to get their product across the U.S.-Mexico border, Huffington Post reports.

Instead of risking the drive across, some smugglers are launching drugs over the border using a canon.

The Huffington Post wrote that 33 cans of marijuana were spotted in a field Friday near a border crossing near the Colorado River.

Agents found a carbon dioxide tank and 85 pounds of pot.

Border Patrol officials said they are preparing to combat the new smuggling technique.

Authorities Concerned Drug Smugglers Increasingly Turning to Tunnels

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the past two weeks, law enforcement in Arizona has found two tunnels near the Mexican border, the Arizona Republic reported.

The paper reported that authorities are becoming increasingly concerned that that drug smugglers are turning more to tunnels as a way to smuggle drugs as the U.S. tightens things up at the border.

In Douglas, Az., law enforcement last week found a large hole in the floor of a house with mounds of dirt piled high in other rooms, the paper reported. The hole was the opening for a tunnel drug smugglers were digging from the U.S. to Mexico.

The paper reported that this summer the Border Patrol finished putting up new fencing in Nogales, a border town, so agents can see the other side. That has made it harder for smugglers to avoid detection.

“As smuggling organizations have more trouble moving their contraband both between the ports of entry and through the ports of entry due to increased technology and vigilance at the ports, then they will turn to more of these covert measures,” Vincent Picard, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Phoenix, told the paper.