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CBP K9 Alert Leads to Zero Tolerance Penalty at Washington Dulles International Airport

Release Date: 
December 8, 2015

STERLING, Va. — U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Washington Dulles International Airport found small amounts of marijuana, hashish oil, and marijuana laden cookies Monday in bags carried by a U.S. citizen arriving from Germany. 

A woman was referred for a secondary inspection after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of controlled substances in her luggage.  A subsequent search by CBP officers resulted in the discovery and seizure of 7.8 grams of marijuana, 48.1 grams of hashish oil, two cookies containing marijuana weighting 43.9 grams, a pill case containing marijuana residue, and a glass smoking device with marijuana residue.

CBP officers fined a California woman $500 Zero Tolerance penalty for possessing marijuana and hashish oil at Washington Dulles INternational Airport on December 7, 2015.

CBP officers fined a California woman $500 Zero Tolerance penalty for possessing marijuana and hashish oil at Washington Dulles INternational Airport on December 7, 2015.

The woman, an El Cerrito, Calif. resident, was assessed a $500 Zero Tolerance penalty and released.

“Possessing narcotics, even in small amounts considered for personal use, remains illegal under Federal law and travelers face severe consequences, from costly civil penalties up to, and including, possible arrest,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles.

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 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 names since she was not criminally charged.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017