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CBP Issues Marijuana Zero Tolerance Penalty at BWI Airport

Release Date: 
March 25, 2015

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 Sunday in a bag carried by a U.S. citizen arriving from the Dominican Republic. 

A CBP narcotics detector dog alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in the traveler's luggage. A subsequent search by CBP officers resulted in the discovery and seizure of a small plastic pill container containing marijuana weighing less than one gram.

The man, a Bethesda, Md. resident, was assessed a $500 Zero Tolerance penalty and released.

“The number of travelers we encounter possessing controlled substances is very small compared to the more than 353,000 passengers we inspect at the airport annually. Possessing narcotics, even in small amounts considered as 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 passenger 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 10,327 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 FY14.

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 he was not criminally charged.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017