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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:35 AM

World’s most awesome drug smugglers fire weed into U.S. with a cannon

Some super-creative drug smugglers came up with a sure-fire way to get their pot over the Mexican-American border without all the stuffing it into car-radiators and the underground tunnels and child labor and generally indecorous practices that make life unpleasant for everyone: launch it over the border in a big-ass cannon.

There was one critical flaw to the plan, though: They either A) Didn’t have anyone on the U.S. side to pick it up, or B) As can happen with cannons, they didn’t know exactly where the stuff was going to land.

U.S. border troops in Colorado found 33 cans of weed in a field near the Mexican border by the Colorado River, apparently getting to the pot before whoever was intended to pick it up. Agents were able to conclude by a carbon dioxide tank found nearby that the cans were shot across the border in a cannon. They instructed their counterparts on the Mexican side to be on the lookout for more weed and cannon parts.

The cans contained 85 pounds of weed—$42,500 total—which as far as these things go isn’t a huge amount of weed. But hey, when you’re testing a new technology you’ve gotta start small

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/192203/worlds-most-awesome-drug-smugglers-fire-weed-into-u-s-with-a-cannon/

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Reply World’s most awesome drug smugglers fire weed into U.S. with a cannon (Original post)
bemildred Dec 2012 OP
Uncle Joe Dec 2012 #1
Panasonic Dec 2012 #2
Aerows Dec 2012 #5
coalition_unwilling Dec 2012 #21
bemildred Dec 2012 #6
Uncle Joe Dec 2012 #7
hootinholler Dec 2012 #13
Aerows Dec 2012 #3
Coyotl Dec 2012 #4
TlalocW Dec 2012 #8
coalition_unwilling Dec 2012 #25
Coyotl Dec 2012 #30
BlueStreak Dec 2012 #38
Mel Content Dec 2012 #9
bemildred Dec 2012 #11
-..__... Dec 2012 #10
Viking12 Dec 2012 #20
-..__... Dec 2012 #31
Livluvgrow Dec 2012 #12
coalition_unwilling Dec 2012 #22
KharmaTrain Dec 2012 #14
bluedigger Dec 2012 #15
bemildred Dec 2012 #17
coalition_unwilling Dec 2012 #24
Buns_of_Fire Dec 2012 #16
Robb Dec 2012 #18
bemildred Dec 2012 #19
Robb Dec 2012 #29
coalition_unwilling Dec 2012 #23
morningfog Dec 2012 #26
coalition_unwilling Dec 2012 #27
L0oniX Dec 2012 #28
sofa king Dec 2012 #32
Adsos Letter Dec 2012 #34
sofa king Dec 2012 #36
Adsos Letter Dec 2012 #33
Historic NY Dec 2012 #35
Arugula Latte Dec 2012 #37
In_The_Wind Dec 2012 #39
kentauros Dec 2012 #40

Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:43 AM

1. I didn't think Colorado shared a border with Mexico

nor was close enough for cannon fire to reach it?

Thanks for the thread, bemildred.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:47 AM

2. I was wondering EXACTLY the same thing.

 

See, I live in the state of Colorado, and I'm trying to figure it out.

Either the drug smugglers bought a huge fucking cannon that has the capability of going over the entire state of New Mexico, or some editor got some bad weed and made it interesting.

When it refers to Colorado River, it makes better sense.....

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:49 AM

5. They must have meant border patrol

by the Colorado River. I couldn't figure that one out, either. Poor editing.

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:45 AM

21. Or maybe the 1848 border, since we basically stole everything south

 

of the Colorado River from Mexico anyway, IIRC.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:53 AM

6. I will hazard a guess they meant California, because of Colorado River. nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:54 AM

7. That sounds logical. n/t

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:11 AM

13. It's either a *REALLY* big cannon

or the name of an area in NM, Az, or Tx?

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:48 AM

3. Border troops in Colorado

found weed in a field near the Mexican border? Uh, isn't New Mexico in the way?

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:48 AM

4. Gotta love how the cannon reached all the way from Mexico over New Mexico and hits Colorado.

Either that, or someone is a bit embarrassed about not taking Geography in grade school

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:55 AM

8. Either that or there was a guy in Chihuahua who said something like

"Hooookay, Miguel. I think we need to dial it back on this next shot. I can't even see where that last one landed."

TlalocW

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Response to TlalocW (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:51 AM

25. LMFAO. Worthy of Cheech and Chong, methinks! :) - n/t

 

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Response to TlalocW (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:01 PM

30. "Si Pepe. We're not giving this shit away."

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:39 PM

38. I think the author was sampling some of the goods

The Colorado river is the border between CA and AZ. I assume the story started by border guards finding the cannisters near the Mexican border close to the Colorado river, then this nitwit got the story all mixed up.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:57 AM

9. in that title, marijuana should be changed to 'shwag'...

 

85 pounds for $42.5K...?

shitty mexican ditchweed.

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Response to Mel Content (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:04 AM

11. That is cheap, $500/lb., but you know where they got that nice round number. nt

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:03 AM

10. Cannons are loud!

 

They should have used a trebuchet...



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Response to Viking12 (Reply #20)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:10 PM

31. I think it started with the bowling ball cartel...

 

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:08 AM

12. Launching them

500 yards. That is no longer a hail mary it is now a hail maryjane

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Response to Livluvgrow (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:46 AM

22. Hah! Pretty good for a newbie. Welcome to DU! - n/t

 

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:16 AM

14. Meanwhile...

...on the interstate they probably were passed by several vans and trucks that had loaded up in Humboldt County.

Good stuff for newspapers or "reality" teevee...an overall waste of resources on all sides...

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:21 AM

15. Allow me to defend the skill of artillerymen here as well.

Cannons usually know exactly where they are going to hit within a few meters, although it is an admittedly long shot from the Mexican border into Colorado, so a little inaccuracy would be understandable.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #15)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:27 AM

17. An insult to real artillerymen, I noticed that too. nt

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #15)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:49 AM

24. Plus, you've got to factor in a bit of 'sampling of the wares' and

 

any minor inaccuracies become understandable.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:23 AM

16. INCOMING!

If this catches on, I wonder how many people will be injured on this side of the border trying to catch the cans? "I got it! I got it!"

Cheech and Chong would be proud.

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Response to Robb (Reply #18)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:35 AM

19. Thanks.

I'm disappointed more people don't appreciate the entrepreneurial drive and spirit shown here, like you do.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #19)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:57 AM

29. For the first time, ever, I'm envious of drug smugglers.

How does "hold my beer and watch this" translate into Spanish?

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:48 AM

23. Clearly, we need an ABM system deployed along the border. Or would that

 

be an AMM system?

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:55 AM

26. Build a 20 foot wall, a 21 foot ladder will follow...or a canon.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:55 AM

27. ROTFLMAO - Oh, would that George Carlin or Sam Kinnison were

 

still alive, the fun they would have. (Also Gilda Radner's Emily Litell might have a field day with this.)

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 11:57 AM

28. Circus cannons that launch humans ...good for other things obviously.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:21 PM

32. They're going to need a bombardment worthy of Zhukov...

... to compete with next year's American-grown bumper crop.

If one million out of the five million Coloradans grow six plants at a time in four 90-day crops, that nicely equates to one home-grown plant per regular potsmoker per year in the United States (20-24 million, according to drugscience.org). It is my understanding that there are now a few strains that can be harvested in six weeks, which would double the estimate above.

I think that Colorado and Washington alone can meet the entire demand for marijuana in the United States, under a shroud of partial and dubious legality. Voters in those states may have inadvertently shut down an entire theater of the drug war... and opened up another!

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Response to sofa king (Reply #32)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:34 PM

34. You've just added a new question to the Math portion of the GRE.

"If one million out of the five million Coloradans grow six plants at a time in four 90-day crops..."

LOL!

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #34)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:38 PM

36. Ha!

And the answer, of course, is, "dude, let's go to the 7-11."

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:32 PM

33. Wow! Maybe my experience as an artillery Forward Observer does have a use in civilian life!

40 years on and all that stuff about military service being an excellent foundation for life comes to pass...

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:36 PM

35. Potato gun become pot gun...

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:39 PM

37. Cannibus Cannon

Good band name, maybe.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:53 PM

39. Hand over the cannon fodder.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:25 PM

40. Does Roundup kill marijuana?

Because if it doesn't, I can think of at least one prank using seeds, Estes rockets, and corporate farms

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