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CBP Assesses Zero Tolerance Penalty to Traveler at BWI Airport

Release Date: 
May 17, 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 and amphetamines Monday in bags carried by a U.S. citizen arriving from the Dominican Republic. 

A woman was referred for a secondary inspection where a subsequent search by CBP officers resulted in the discovery and seizure of a smoking pipe with marijuana residue and two unprescribed amphetamine pills.  The woman, a Hanover, Md. 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.

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 website at CBP Travel Information 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