The "marijuana cannon" (photo courtesy of the Mexicali Public Safety Department)
Dylan Stableford of Yahoo! News reports that Mexican police have confiscated an improvised cannon that they say was used to fire packages of marijuana across a border fence into California.
The makeshift cannon was made of plastic pipe and powered by compressed air sourced from an old car engine, police in the border city of Mexicali said. The device was able to fire cylinders packed with up to 30 pounds of pot.
The cannon was discovered on Tuesday after U.S. officers told Mexican police that they had been confiscating a large number of drug packages that appeared to have been fired over the border, the Associated Press said.
It's not the first time drug traffickers have used a cannon to transport marijuana across the border.