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Trusted Traveler Penalized for Possessing Narcotics

Release Date: 
February 21, 2014

Blaine, Wash. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a small quantity of marijuana from an 18-year-old Surrey, British Columbia, man registered to participate in the NEXUS program as he entered the United States at the Pacific Highway port of entry.

NEXUS is a trusted traveler program which allows pre-screened frequent travelers expedited processing by United States and Canadian officials across the border at designated air, land, and marine locations. Violations of the trusted traveler program will result in immediate revocation of enrollment.

“We place a significant amount of trust in enrollees to complying with all customs, agriculture and immigration laws,” said Area Port Director Greg Alvarez. “Violators face severe consequences for breaching that faith”.

CBP’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged. In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law and may result in monetary fines at the U.S. border.

Additionally, the Immigration and Nationality Act broadly governs the admissibility of aliens into the United States and lists more than 60 grounds of inadmissibility including violation of any law relating to a controlled substance.  Any alien in violation of a controlled substance law may be barred admission to the United States under federal law. 

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017