US Customs officials seize nearly 4,000 bongs at DC airport

Customs officers seized 3,738 glass bongs at Washington Dulles International Airport in this undated photo.

Customs officers seized 3,738 glass bongs at Washington Dulles International Airport in this undated photo. (US Customs and Border Protection)



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WASHINGTON — The $56,000 shipment arrived from China on Oct. 2 manifested as "gravity pipes," the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a release Wednesday.

Customs import specialists "confirmed that the glass bongs violated U.S. laws on the importation of drug paraphernalia," the release said.

The bongs were headed to an address in Los Angeles County, California.

The customs officers screen international passengers and cargo for "illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products that could potentially harm the American public, U.S. businesses, and our nation's safety and vitality," the release said.

Last month, Customs and Border Protection officers in Pharr, Texas, seized more than $960,000 worth of cocaine weighing almost 125 pounds that was hidden in a tractor-trailer coming from Mexico, according to Customs and Border Patrol.

In last week's release, the Customs and Border Patrol seized $23,000 in currency from a couple on a flight bound for Ghana. The couple reported having just $10,500.

"While inspecting the couple's carry-on bag, officers discovered an envelope concealed behind the carry-on bag's zippered liner. Officers verified the couple's combined currency at $23,641. Officers seized the currency for violating U.S. currency reporting laws and then released the couple with $641 as humanitarian relief," the release said.

Federal law requires travelers to report all currency of $10,000 or more, according to Customs and Border Patrol.

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