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Vice President Pence delivers message of support to Customs agents during tour of Port of Baltimore

Posted: 5:29 PM, Feb 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-13 15:36:14-05
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BALTIMORE — Vice President Mike Pence was in Baltimore Friday, delivering a message of thanks to Customs and Boarder Patrol agents, and reiterating the Trump administration’s determination to build a border wall.

He and Maryland's only Republican member of Congress, Maryland 1st District Representative Andy Harris, toured the Port of Baltimore. Pence discussed securing the port and preventing illegal drugs from being smuggled into the country. He also got a briefing on non-intrusive inspection systems.

“I have to tell you, I just mentioned to the director, I am so impressed that your training is so precise, that you’ll look at the manifest, and if the X-ray scan doesn’t look like the vehicle that’s described on the manifest, you’ll begin the inspection," Pence said after learning of screening procedures. "That’s an attention to detail that could inspire any American.”

In fiscal year 2018, the Baltimore Office of Customs and Border Protection seized more than 3,500 pounds of drugs.