13 Shockingly Creative Ways Drugs Tried To Cross The US Border

Let's clear this up right now: drugs are bad, smuggling is a crime, drug lords and their traffickers are black-hearted, vicious, malignant persons. But, you have to admit, they're pretty damn creative. And the means they've used to get their product to their customers through the years are nothing short of extraordinary.

Here are 14 barely believable methods that have gotten drugs from here to there. They may not be legal, but they sure are creative.

This improvised cannon was confiscated in Mexicali, Mexico, on February 26, 2013. Police in the border city say the cannon was used to hurl packets of marijuana across a border fence into California. The truck-mounted device is made of PVC piping attached to an air compressor and driven by an automobile engine. It could launch up to 13kg of drugs at a time.

Picture: Mexicali Public Safety Department/AP

A sailor walks past this homemade semi-submersible vessel, seized on land by Colombian authorities from drug traffickers at the Bahia Malaga Navy base, on Colombia's Pacific coast in 2009.

Picture: Christian Escobar Mora/AP

This powerboat was carrying a large haul of marijuana when the Danish police busted the armed smugglers on January 7, 2013.

Picture: Soren Schnoor/POLFOTO/AP

A woman was arrested by airport police carrying almost 1.4kg of cocaine in her breasts. You can see the drug implants — and the fresh surgical wound — in the image below.

Picture: La Policia Nacional

Suspected smugglers attempt to drive a silver Jeep Cherokee over the 4m high US-Mexico border fence in Yuma, Arizona, with the help of a makeshift ramp on October 31, 2012.

Picture: US Customs and Border Protection/AP

The entrance to an illegal cross-border tunnel found underneath a bathroom sink inside a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, July 12, 2012. The 200m tunnel, presumably designed to smuggle drugs into the United States, was lit and ventilated.

Picture: Alejandro Cossio/AP//ICE/AP

National Guard troops have seized a surprising number of weed-firing catapults over the years.

Picture: dossierpolitico.com/National Guard

This ultra-light aircraft was carrying 115kg of marijuana when it was captured in December 2008 in Tucson, Arizona. According to US government statistics, there were 228 known aircraft incursion along the US-Mexico border in 2010 alone.

Picture: Immmigration Customs Enforcement/AP

What to do with that old Wiipad you haven't touched in years? Stuff it with marijuana, of course.

Picture: US Customs and Border Protection/AP

Drug smugglers used T-shirt cannons to shoot canisters filled with marijuana 150m over the border.

Picture: CBP Arizona/Colin Ybarra

A 19-year-old man pretending to be disabled was caught with at the US-Mexico border with this weed-stocked wheelchair in 2011.

Picture: US Customs and Border Protection/AP

This helicopter was transporting 760kg of cocaine when it crashed in Totonicapan, 200km northwest of Guatemala City, in 2003.

Picture: Edgar Vasquez/El Nuevo Quetzalteco/AP

This plane crashed police blockade after pilots had unloaded drugs into several cars, in San Esteban, 160km east of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (2003).

Picture: Honduran Security Minister/AP

Top picture: Guillermo Arias/AP


    Why not use a quad copter? Some can lift around a kg

    Pull up to the border with a truck load of drugs, in small sealed packs and fly them over the border one at a time. If you get a small army, you'll do a full truck in probably a few minutes.

    Whatever time you waste in doing more, smaller packages vs an air cannon you'll make up on the other side not having to run after the packages as they go flying in random directions.

    That will be a relatively cheap, quiet and inconspicuous method. Sure as hell beats lugging around air cannons and catapult.

    Last edited 20/03/13 3:19 pm

      Drugs are bad mmmkay

      drones... drones fitted with GPS coordinates of where to land etc... that'll be it basically.

        Drones sound expensive... Much cheaper to smuggle in a bunch of Guatemalans to do the dirty work.

    Wouldn't want to have been in that red car in the last picture. New undies required.

    I saw on Border Patrol the other night that they had soaked t-shirts in a liquid cocaine and then dried before packaging so they looked like just a normal bunch of t-shirts in normal packaging until the sniffer dogs raised the alarm.

      you mean in 'Exit Wounds' DMX movie

    I feel sorry for that poor woman with the dodgy implants. D: That looks painful.

    "This ultra-light aircraft was carrying 115kg of marijuana when it was captured in December 2008 in Tucson, Arizona. According to US government statistics, there were 228 known aircraft incursion along the US-Mexico border in 2010 alone."

    So every 227 loads, they drop one for the cops. Drug Kingpins have always allowed a load or two out of every haul, to get captured so the "Law" have something to parade around like they are actually doing something.

    Same as US "Maximum Security" Prisons always have convenient loopholes, for illegal trade to go unnoticed.

    Last edited 20/03/13 8:33 pm

      + USA always sends every cop in the district to handle one "important" job, conveniently leaving a town empty of patrols - oldest trick in the book.

    Drugs are bad? Well thank you for making that determination for all of us so we don't have to use our own brains to consider the pro's and cons of our life choices and make an informed decision.

    Drugs aren't bad. Ignorant fucks are bad, including ignorant fucks that abuse drugs.

    Drug PRODUCERS are quite often bad, but that's usually because the war on drugs serves largely to only CREATE criminals. One day, you're a farmer, the next you're a criminal because someone decided that you were. You think people would be getting killed in drug wars and cartels etc etc if drugs were legal? Fuck no.

    You think your ignorant, judgmental attitude is amusing? Intelligent? Well informed? What exactly is your intent.

    Smoking cigarettes is ok though because some lawmaker abstractly decides it is. Yeah, they clearly have the best interest of people at heart, protecting all us innocent people that can't make our own decisions. Drinking booze is ok too.. It's only one of the biggest killers in the world but relax, it's fine.

    Last edited 21/03/13 1:26 am

      And as we can see here ladies and gentlemen... drugs can also make you very very angry! ;)

      Yeah that kinda pissed me off too. Many of the problems associated with drugs and drug use go away once they are legalised and regulated

    lol that tunnel under the sink reminds me of that "weeds" episode.... well episodes really but anyhow

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