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article imageCannon propulsion, the new method to smuggle drugs into the US

By Can Tran     Dec 13, 2012 in World
Drug smugglers, getting more inventive, are using pneumatic-powered cannons to shoot drug canisters to transport drugs across US borders.
The war against illegal drugs is a war that the world let alone the United States is an ongoing and seemingly never-ending war. Recently, former United States President Bill Clinton weighed in on the “war on drugs.” Clinton made these comments at the December 6 premiere of this documentary film by Sam Branson called “Breaking The Taboo.” Sam Branson is the son of Sir Richard Branson the mogul of the Virgin conglomerate. For a time being, Branson had his own reality TV series called the “Rebel Billionaire.”
When the movie premiered at Google's New York headquarters former US President Clinton was one of the attendees. Also attending was Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey. Booker has been making the headlines cementing his title as “super mayor” for his response to Hurricane Sandy. The film interviewed Clinton and another former US President Jimmy Carter as some sources. It is also narrated by veteran Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman.
At the premiere, Branson said that the “war on drugs” was a losing one. This can be compared to the prohibition era of the United States where there was a federal ban on alcohol consumption. One simply needs to watch shows/movies such as “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Untouchables,” and so forth.
Carter advocated the legalization of marijuana. He made mention of it being legalized in Colorado and Washington. However, marijuana possession is still illegal under US federal law.
Clinton, when speaking at the premiere, said that limiting drug trafficking from Colombia was ineffective.
Also, there is the factoring of new and innovative methods that drug smugglers are using to get their merchandise across US borders. In recent news reports, drug smugglers are resorting to the use of pneumatic-powered cannons. With cannon propulsion, drugs via canisters, can be shot into the air and over the borders. The canisters full of drugs are estimated by be about $42K to $43K worth. The way that this method was achieved was stuffing the drugs into smaller cans and then stuffing those cans inside a larger can. The larger can itself would be propelled through the cannon.
While this is a creative method, there are flaws though. When the cans are launched, somebody has to be there to collect the canisters. Someone discovered the canisters and alerted the authorities. According to authorities, 33 cans of marijuana were found.
This is the latest in “creative methods” that smugglers are taking to get drugs across US borders. With these methods combined with what's going on in South America, it's understandable for the reasons many people are saying that the war on drugs isn't working and the growing number of people calling forth for the legalization of marijuana.
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