A man was charged $500 for less than a gram of pot at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Sunday — after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection narcotics dog sniffed it out in his luggage.

The charge was actually a penalty assessed by CBP under the agency's "Zero Tolerance" policy for illegal narcotics — which can be assessed even if police, such as the Maryland Transportation Authority Police at BWI, don't pursue charges.

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The traveler, an unidentified man from Bethesda, arrived at BWI on a flight from the Dominican Republic with the pot in a pill bottle in his luggage, CBP officials said, and was released after paying the fine.

Robert Hunt, a CBP Officer and program manager in the agency's Baltimore field office, said "in this case neither Federal, State, or Local prosecution was sought due to the amount of marijuana (less than one gram)."

The agency said it seizes 10,327 pounds of drugs a day, on average, at 328 ports of entry nationwide.

"Possessing narcotics, even in small amounts considered for personal use, remains illegal and travelers face severe consequences, from costly civil penalties up to, and including, possible arrest," said Dianna Bowman, CBP area port director for the port of Baltimore.

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