STERLING, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at Washington Dulles International Airport seized a mixture of drugs from a U.S. citizen Friday and turned the man over to local police for prosecution.
John Anthony Foley, 40, of Denver, Colo., arrived on a flight from the Netherlands. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of controlled substances and Foley was subsequently referred for a secondary inspection. CBP officers discovered 27.6 grams of hash oil, 24.7 grams of ketamine, and 2.8 grams of ecstasy in his luggage.
CBP officers seized the drugs and turned Foley over to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police officers. Foley will be prosecuted in Loudoun County, Va., on controlled substance possession charges.
“Possessing narcotics, even in small amounts, remains illegal 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.
On a typical day, CBP seizes 10,327 pounds of drugs at and between our nation’s 328 ports of entry. In addition to narcotics enforcement, CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products, and other illicit items.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.