Mexican Police Seize Cannon to Launch Drugs to the United States
By Dialogo February 25, 2013
Mexican drug traffickers built a cannon to launch drug packages from the city of Mexicali to Calexico (California, U.S), a local chief of police said on February 21, after the device was seized.
The operation was carried out after U.S. Border Patrol agents were alerted during a recent bilateral meeting with Mexican authorities where discussion over this novel form of drug trafficking took place, Chief of Police Marco Carrillo from Mexicali, Baja California state, said.
After becoming aware of this, the authorities from both countries “set up operations on each side of the border to identify areas and the schedule in which alleged drug traffickers would launch the drug packages, containing mainly marihuana,” Carrillo added.
Officers deployed to a point near the Mexicali border saw in the distance several individuals who, after noticing their presence, ran away leaving behind the device.
The cannon’s weigh is approximately 1.8 tons, and is made of a long plastic cylinder resting on a metal base sitting on the bed of a truck.
“The base had a hose connected to a compressor, which was in turn connected to the vehicle’s engine; this was the propeller used to eject the packages,” explained Carrillo.
In January 2011, Mexican authorities found out that drug traffickers were using a catapult to eject drugs into U.S. territory.
In Mexicali and Tijuana, Baja California, as well as in other municipalities in the neighboring state of Sonora, it is common to find clandestine tunnels that are used for smuggling drugs into the U.S.
There are over 50,000 military and police officers taking part in the fight against drugs since December 2006.