Photo: Pot Hidden Inside Cheerios Box
A 15-year-old U.S. citizen thought he could hide almost 4 grams of marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia inside a breakfast cereal box packed in his luggage and sneak it past Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport.
The boy arrived on a flight from France shortly before 7 p.m., and was referred for an agriculture secondary inspection after declaring he was carrying meat sausage. Generally, meat products from Europe are prohibited from import into the U.S. unless accompanied by a certificate.
During the inspection process, a CBP agriculture specialist noticed that a cereal box in the traveler’s luggage felt unusually heavy. Further examination revealed that, instead of a nutritious breakfast, the cereal box concealed a white medical kit that contained marijuana and various drug paraphernalia. The amount of marijuana totaled 3.6 grams or 0.13 ounces.
The teenager was turned over to the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police department for criminal prosecution on controlled substance charges.