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Smugglers blast drugs over US-Mexican border using a cannon

Smugglers have come up with another creative way to get drugs in the US from Mexico - a cannon.

US Border Patrol agents said 33 cans of marijuana were spotted in a field near where the Colorado River crosses the US-Mexico border. They believe the cans were launched about 500 feet into the US using a pneumatic cannon.

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

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

The 85lb of marijuana found in the cans had an estimated value of 42,500 US dollars (£26,000).

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.