Sterling, Va. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) seized hashish, marijuana seeds, and a marijuana cookie from a U.S. citizen Monday.
Victorius Rugebregt, 55 of Las Vegas, Nev., arrived on a flight from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and was referred for a secondary inspection due to a narcotics detector canine alert. CBP officers searched Rugebregt and discovered 9 grams of hashish in his pants pocket. While examining the passenger’s luggage, CBP officers discovered one marijuana cookie weighing 23 grams and 18 marijuana seeds prepared for propagation.
“This marijuana seizure and arrest further illustrates Customs and Border Protection’s continued vigilance to detect and to intercept illicit narcotics at our nation’s borders,” said Christopher Hess, CBP port director for the Port of Washington Dulles. “We remain hopeful that the threat of detection and criminal charges deters others from attempting to smuggle illicit narcotics through Washington Dulles International Airport.”
CBP issued a $1,000 Zero Tolerance Penalty for being found with illegal narcotics and turned Rugebregt over to the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police department for criminal prosecution on misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
CBP conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international passengers and cargo, and searches for terrorist weapons, illicit narcotics, unreported currency, counterfeit merchandise, and prohibited agriculture and other products.
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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.