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Zero Tolerance at BWI Airport

Release Date: 
June 11, 2015

BALTIMORE — U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport found a small amount of marijuana Wednesday in a bag carried by a U.S. citizen arriving from Jamaica. 

A CBP narcotics detector dog alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in the luggage of the traveler.  A subsequent search by CBP officers resulted in the discovery and seizure of one cigarette containing marijuana weighing less than one gram.  The woman, a Bronx, N.Y. resident, was assessed a $500 Zero Tolerance penalty and released.

“Possessing narcotics, even in small amounts considered for personal use, remains illegal and travelers face severe consequences, from costly civil penalties up to, and including, possible arrest,” said Dianna Bowman, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Baltimore.

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

On average, CBP seizes 10,327 pounds of drugs a day at and between our 328 U. S. ports of entry nationwide.  In addition to narcotics interdiction, CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products and other illicit items.

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

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017