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CBP Assesses DC Woman Zero Tolerance Penalty at BWI Airport

Release Date: 
October 12, 2016

BALTIMORE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport found a small amount of marijuana Monday in bags carried by a U.S. citizen arriving from Jamaica.

A woman was referred for a secondary inspection where a subsequent search by CBP officers resulted in the discovery and seizure of 3.77 grams of marijuana and a smoking pipe with marijuana residue.  The woman, a District of Columbia resident, was assessed a $500 Zero Tolerance penalty and released.

“Possessing narcotics, even in small amounts considered for personal use, remains illegal and travelers face severe consequences, from costly civil penalties up to, and including, possible arrest,” said Dianna Bowman, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Baltimore.

In addition to narcotics interdiction, CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products and other illicit items.
In addition to narcotics interdiction,
CBP conducts inspection operations and
intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited
agriculture products and other illicit
items.

CBP inspects passengers and crew aboard each flight arriving from an international destination.  CBP also conducts outbound inspections.  One component of CBP’s inspectional process is narcotics enforcement.

On average, CBP seizes 9,435 pounds of drugs a day at and between our 328 U. S. ports of entry nationwide.  In addition to narcotics interdiction, CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products and other illicit items.

To find out more about a typical day for CBP, please visit: CBP Typical Day 2015.

Travelers are encouraged to visit  CBP's Travel section to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.

The Privacy Act prohibits releasing the traveler’s name since she was not criminally charged.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017