Sterling, Va. - A traveler thought he could hide more than 27 grams of marijuana in his luggage and sneak it past Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport Saturday, but he learned firsthand how proficient CBP officers are at detecting concealed items.
Ryan Richard Davidson, 33, of Brea, Calif. arrived on a flight from Germany shortly before 9 p.m., and was referred to secondary inspection for a baggage exam. In secondary, a thorough search of his luggage revealed a bag and a glass container with marijuana inside. The amount of marijuana totaled 27.1 grams or 0.96 ounces.
Davidson was turned over to the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police department for criminal prosecution for Possession of Marijuana (Code of Virginia 18.2-250.1).
"We've sometimes observed how quickly a routine baggage exam can quickly turn into a more complex enforcement activity that uncovers illicit or prohibited products," said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington, D.C. "Customs and Border Protection officers are ever vigilant in preventing dangerous or illicit drugs from entering the United States."
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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.