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Zero Tolerance by Dulles CBP

Release Date: 
February 21, 2014

Sterling, Va. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Washington Dulles International Airport seized marijuana from a German citizen on Wednesday.

The traveler arrived on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany, and was referred for a secondary inspection.  During a search of her luggage CBP officers discovered cigarette rolling papers, filters, and several lighters.  Upon further inspection the officers found 22 grams of marijuana hidden in a popular chocolate hazelnut spread jar. 

“This marijuana seizure further illustrates Customs and Border Protection’s continued vigilance to detect and to intercept illicit narcotics at our nation’s borders no matter the amount,” said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles. “We remain hopeful that the threat of detection and possible criminal charges or refusal of admission deters others from attempting to smuggle illicit narcotics through Washington Dulles International Airport.”

CBP issued a $500 Zero Tolerance Penalty for being found with illegal narcotics, refused her admission to the United States, and returned her to Germany the same day.  Privacy laws prohibit CBP from releasing her name as she was not criminally charged.

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.

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

To learn more about CBP's border security mission please visit CBP's Border Security website.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021