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Passenger at BWI in Possession of Marijuana Penalized under CBP Zero Tolerance Policy

Release Date: 
April 2, 2018

BALTIMORE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport assessed a $500 zero tolerance penalty to a U.S. woman on March 26 after officers found marijuana and a marijuana grinder in the traveler’s baggage.

CBP officers referred the traveler to a secondary examination after the woman arrived on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica.  During a search of the woman’s baggage, CBP officers discovered and seized a marijuana grinder and two small baggies of green plant-like substances concealed in rolled-up socks that tested positive for marijuana and weighed 2.56 grams. CBP officers released the traveler after the woman agreed to submit payment for the $500 zero tolerance penalty.

"Travelers in possession of illegal narcotics are exposed to fines and potential arrest, regardless of whether the drugs are in small quantities or for personal use," said Dianna Bowman, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Baltimore.

The Privacy Act prohibits releasing the traveler’s name since she was not criminally charged.

CBP inspects passengers and crew aboard each flight arriving from an international destination.  CBP also conducts outbound inspections.  One component of CBP’s inspection process is narcotics enforcement.

"Keeping illicit drugs out of the United States is a fundamental mission of Customs and Border Protection, and this mission is accomplished through the hard work of our dedicated officers," said Casey Owen Durst, CBP's Field Operations Director in Baltimore. "This seizure represents our ongoing commitment to the protection of the public and the enforcement of federal laws."

CBP’s Office of Field Operations

Almost a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers into the U.S. In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong.

CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders.

Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel section to learn more about the CBP admissions process and rules governing travel to and from the U.S.

Learn more about CBP at CBP.gov.

Last modified: 
April 3, 2018