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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday November 16 2017, @02:42AM   Printer-friendly
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Drug-Shooting 'Bazooka' Seized In Mexico As Smugglers Aim Skyward

As Mexican authorities continue to crack down on drug smugglers, criminals continue to aim high in a bid to evade them. Last week, Mexican authorities seized a jury-rigged bazooka and nearly one ton of marijuana in the border town of Agua Prieta in Sonora state, the Mexican Attorney General said in a statement.

The bazooka had been "adapted" to use a compressor for launching drugs into the United States. The Mexican daily El Universal reports the device was inside a van with a sliding roof, allowing the bazooka to shoot the drugs from the cover of the vehicle.

Agua Prieta lies directly across the border from Douglas, Ariz. Last year, Mexican federal authorities found yet another "homemade bazooka" in the town, this one measuring nearly 10 feet long, alongside an air compressor inside a modified panel van with no license plate. Officials say it was apparently used for launching projectiles, possibly drugs, across the border.

If "legal" retail prices for cannabis drop, maybe these will be packed with heroin or cocaine instead.


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Ethanol-fueled on Thursday November 16 2017, @02:45AM (5 children)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2017, @02:45AM (#597557) Homepage

    I have a funny story about that from a guy I knew. First of all, being a mule is still a preferred method. Knew a guy who smuggled 10K worth of heroin in a condom tucked deep into his ass. Well, when he came back and went home, he forgot about it and took a shit, then flushed it.

    10K worth of heroin literally down the drain. A few buddies and he actually dug to the septic tank outside and unsuccessfully tried to retrieve it.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @07:31AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @07:31AM (#597607)

      After forgetting he had $10k worth of of heroin shoved up his ass on an international flight, he went home and ate too much acid and now he thinks he is an orange, right?

    • (Score: 1) by beckett on Thursday November 16 2017, @08:14AM (1 child)

      by beckett (1115) on Thursday November 16 2017, @08:14AM (#597612)

      since you put it that way, $10,000 doesn't sound like a lot of money at all.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @09:47AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @09:47AM (#597629)

      Sounds like a Breaking Bad episode I'd watch

      • (Score: 2) by LoRdTAW on Thursday November 16 2017, @09:00PM

        by LoRdTAW (3755) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2017, @09:00PM (#597895) Journal

        ...from the next yard in a lawn chair with a can of Bud.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @02:49AM (14 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @02:49AM (#597559)

    Put them a mile apart, making breaches costly.

    Drug bazookas would need to be like artillery, including dense projectiles to overcome the air resistance. Drones would need larger batteries and longer-range radios, and flights per day would be severely reduced. Tunnels become major engineering projects. Ladders have to be carried through a no-man's-land for a mile.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by takyon on Thursday November 16 2017, @02:54AM (3 children)

      by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Thursday November 16 2017, @02:54AM (#597561) Journal

      Two walls, with the Graboids from Tremors suspended in an "acoustic cage" between the walls.

      #MAGA!

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      • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Thursday November 16 2017, @06:06AM (2 children)

        by bob_super (1357) on Thursday November 16 2017, @06:06AM (#597602)

        And a moat between the two walls, with alligators?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAOEInEzpec [youtube.com]

        • (Score: 2) by BK on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:04PM (1 child)

          by BK (4868) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:04PM (#597767) Journal

          If we're going to have animal defenders in a moat, all I ask for is that they be sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads. 🦈🦈🦈🦈

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          • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Thursday November 16 2017, @07:44PM

            by bob_super (1357) on Thursday November 16 2017, @07:44PM (#597853)

            At last check, hippos were still the best at quickly killing humans on foot, but if the smugglers use cars, deer leap ahead.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @03:02AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @03:02AM (#597563)

      And bribing a border guard still gets the semi through.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @06:37AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @06:37AM (#597604)

        This isn't a communist country. Bribes don't go over all that well. When you offer or demand a bribe, there is a decent chance that the other party will report it.

        We can randomize the guards and hide their identity. This makes bribes much less likely to succeed.

        Cutting down on border traffic would help. There are plenty of other countries to trade with: Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Burma, Uruguay, Chile, Taiwan, and all those European countries.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by hemocyanin on Thursday November 16 2017, @03:59AM (6 children)

      by hemocyanin (186) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2017, @03:59AM (#597574)

      How about just legalize drugs, localize production (more jobs), and impose local/state taxes (more services). Doesn't cost anything really, but walls take costly materials, endanger wildlife, and will ultimately be undermined, gone around, or gone over.

      • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:11AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:11AM (#597578)

        Get outta here! Fuck your common sense you goddamn communist!

      • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:35AM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:35AM (#597581)

        You're making way too much sense, dude.

        ...and let's remember that Prohibition in the 1920s was a major inflection point for Organized Crime.
        When you make something illegal, you lose control of it.
        Ask a teenager: "Which is easier to get, dope or booze?"
        "Dope, dude; they ask for ID for booze."

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:02AM (2 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:02AM (#597586)

          I keep hearing this and I don't believe it.

          Teens who know even the most square 21 year old can ask that 21 year old to go into a liquor or grocery store and buy them some alcohol.

          Someone has to be cool enough to know a drug dealer that can get them weed in states where it is still illegal. The liquor store clerk won't rob you, turn out to be an undercover cop, or ask to hang out later.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:57AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:57AM (#597601)

            You're reminding me of a great scene with Terry the Toad in "American Graffiti". [google.com]
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QROsCcpd1E#eow-title [youtube.com]

            I sometimes wonder if the decision that I made a decade ago to stop consuming fiction was the correct one.

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @11:54PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @11:54PM (#597986)

            Yes teens can and do acquire alcohol that way, but it turns out that by and large most people will not do that or it will cost the teens more than they care to pay the mule. Higher cost, requirement of finding someone willing to break the law, generally turns out its hard to do. Also, most people turn to family / friends which immediately makes it more likely that their parents will find out thus increasing the shame factor.

            Buying weed does not require being "cool enough", apparently you just never tried hard enough or you're operating from an ignorant perspective. I find the latter the most likely. If you ask around you will pretty quickly find someone to point you in the right direction, because it turns out those dealers are doing it to make MONEY not FRIENDS.

            So believe it, legalizing weed does not increase teen use. In fact it is likely to discourage teen use, who wants to illegally supply some teenager to sell at a school when there are perfectly legal outlets to sell from? Who wants to face possible jail time? Legalization is better all around, just gotta finish convincing the puritans.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @06:16AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @06:16AM (#597603)

        We could, perhaps, legalize drugs. I sure wish precursors like iodine weren't restricted!

        The wall is cheap. We could build a new one every year and still spend less than we do dealing with the illegals. We've built interstate highways; they take far more space and materials and are much more harmful to wildlife.

        The lock on your door can be broken or picked, or even bypassed via a broken window, so why bother? It slows the foes, so we aren't so overwhelmed trying to catch them.

  • (Score: 2) by realDonaldTrump on Thursday November 16 2017, @02:55AM (1 child)

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Thursday November 16 2017, @02:55AM (#597562) Homepage Journal

    It is the enemy of the American people! Tremendous drugs are pouring into the United States at levels that nobody has ever seen before. This has happened over the last three to four years in particular. The wall will stop much of the drugs from pouring into this country and poisoning our youth. We need the wall. It is imperative. Now, we’re going to build a real wall. We’re going to build a wall that works, and it’s going to have a huge impact on the inflow of drugs coming across. That could be one of the main reasons you have to have the wall. It’s an additional tool to stop the inflow of drugs into our country. In our wall we need transparency. As I've said, we need transparency for when they shoot, or throw, the large sacks of drugs over. They hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It's over. Believe me, folks, it's over. #MAGA 🇺🇸

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Whoever on Thursday November 16 2017, @03:19AM (5 children)

    by Whoever (4524) on Thursday November 16 2017, @03:19AM (#597569) Journal

    "Drug potato cannon".

    Seriously, using the word bazooka just isn't appropriate here. It's much closer to a potato cannon.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Ethanol-fueled on Thursday November 16 2017, @03:47AM (1 child)

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2017, @03:47AM (#597573) Homepage

      "Drug Bazooka" would be a great name for a band, though.

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by LoRdTAW on Thursday November 16 2017, @09:02PM

        by LoRdTAW (3755) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2017, @09:02PM (#597898) Journal

        "Drug Bazooka" would be a great name for a band, though.

        Stoner grind/power violence mixed up with black metal.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:10AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:10AM (#597577)

      Before that word was used for a weapon, it was a musical instrument.
      In the 1930s, funny guy Bob Burns had a homemade trombone-like instrument that he used in his act. [google.com]

      The thing that USA.mil developed looked like that, so they asked him if they could reuse the name.
      He said OK.

      -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

    • (Score: 2) by frojack on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:16AM (1 child)

      by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:16AM (#597591) Journal

      Neither is the mention of nearly one ton of marijuana.

      Why would you risk this for marijuana, less risky to drive to a legal pot state.
      And how many launches would it take to shoot a ton of pot over the fence.

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      • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:42AM

        by captain normal (2205) on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:42AM (#597597)

        Agree, there is probably more pot grown in US than all of Mexico, Central America and Colombia these days. If one can't drive into Colorado.Washington, Oregon, Nevada or California, there are plenty of old/new bootleggers in Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana and Texas to supply all our needs.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:14AM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:14AM (#597579)

    ...means "Brown water".
    Sounds like a lovely place.

    -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @09:49AM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @09:49AM (#597630)

      No, it means "sausage [wikipedia.org] water".

      It doesn't make me want to visit there any more though.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:14PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:14PM (#597772)

        Blood sausage, specifically.

      • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:33PM

        by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:33PM (#597784) Journal

        I call sausage water pee.

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      • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Friday November 17 2017, @09:54AM (1 child)

        by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Friday November 17 2017, @09:54AM (#598120) Homepage
        No, it's an adjective, and it means dark (so could be used to describe something either black or brown). The black pudding you refer to has a noun for its name, and that noun also shares the implication of being dark. However that's not the reason it's called that, because prieto also means pressed (and the common 'p', 'r', and 'e' in the Spanish and English words are no coincidence, both come from a Latin root), which is the original meaning of the word, darkness was a more modern poetic interpretation of the implied density.
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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 17 2017, @08:59PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 17 2017, @08:59PM (#598382)

          either black or brown

          I thought that brown water was bad enough.
          "Black water" is another name for sewage. [google.com]

          -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

  • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:16AM

    by stretch611 (6199) on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:16AM (#597580)

    If "legal" retail prices for cannabis drop, maybe these will be packed with heroin or cocaine instead.

    Or blue meth.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:53AM (1 child)

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <mdcrawford@gmail.com> on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:53AM (#597583) Homepage Journal

    Legal weed has reduced weed from cartels to 50% of the original price.

  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Thursday November 16 2017, @01:47PM (2 children)

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2017, @01:47PM (#597679) Journal

    Wasn't there a story a while back about a guy who bio-engineered yeast to produce opiates? That seems like the way you'd really want to do it. Yeast is ubiquitous. You can make really excellent sourdough by mixing equal parts flour and water and letting it sit out for a couple days to capture the wild yeast in the air. Introduce enough of the bio-engineered variety into the environment and you could produce all the opiates you want by capturing the strain from the air.

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    • (Score: 2) by t-3 on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:23PM (1 child)

      by t-3 (4907) on Thursday November 16 2017, @04:23PM (#597750) Journal

      Sounds... dangerous. Some housewife tries to make herself a sourdough starter and ends up ODing on morphine loaf.

      • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:32PM

        by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2017, @05:32PM (#597782) Journal

        You'd need to culture it at much greater quantities. Making sourdough starter would at most mellow you out, I'd think.

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  • (Score: 2) by black6host on Thursday November 16 2017, @03:12PM

    by black6host (3827) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 16 2017, @03:12PM (#597724) Journal

    If "legal" retail prices for cannabis drop, maybe these will be packed with heroin or cocaine instead.

    Don't help Chris Christie out, lol. (See opioid submission above this one.)

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