Sterling, VA. – The heavy scent of perfume emanating from a passenger’s handbag couldn’t disguise her marijuana from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport Monday. Nor did it save her from a hefty $500 Zero Tolerance penalty.
The passenger, a 20-year-old woman and lawful permanent resident of the United States, arrived from Ethiopia around 8 a.m. During a secondary inspection, a CBP officer discovered two heavily-perfumed plastic baggies in the woman’s purse. The baggies collectively contained 2.5 grams of a green, leafy substance that field-tested positive for marijuana.
Due to the small amount considered for personal use, no criminal charges were filed. The woman paid the $500 penalty and CBP officers released her.
“Whether its four pounds or 2.5 grams, Customs and Border Protection officers are highly skilled at detecting and intercepting illicit narcotics that passengers attempt to smuggle through our nation’s ports of entry,” said Christopher Hess, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington. “Those caught face serious consequences – from a significant monetary penalty to criminal charges and incarceration. This passenger learned that costly lesson.”
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.