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Customs officers seize nearly $143,000 in prohibited bongs at Dulles Airport

Posted at 1:18 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 13:18:07-04

STERLING, Va. — On Friday, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that its officers seized nearly $143,000 in smoking bongs in an air cargo shipment at Washington Dulles International Airport on Wednesday.

CBP officers initially examined the shipment from China on September 8. The shipment consisted of 41 boxes that contained 8,387 glass and silicone smoking pipes and bongs. The shipment was destined to an address in Los Angeles County, California, but federal law prohibits the importation of drug paraphernalia.

“Customs and Border Protection remains committed to facilitating lawful trade while identifying consumer goods that violate U.S. laws or illicit products that can potentially harm our nation’s citizens,” said Casey Durst, Director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. “Legitimate international trade helps to sustain our nation’s economic vitality and security.”

CBP’s Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Center for Excellence and Expertise appraised the shipment at $142,495.

CBP’s Trade Operations facilitates legitimate trade, enforces law and protects the American economy to ensure consumer safety and to create a level playing field for American businesses.