A 49-year-old Oak Hill woman faces two felony charges after customs inspectors at Dulles Airport found hashish concealed in four boxes of chocolate that she carried on a flight from Turkey.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ahdieh Bassam is an Iranian citizen and lawful permanent U.S. resident. After landing on Monday, officers examined four boxes of chocolates wrapped in plastic. They probed a sample of the chocolate and discovered a hard, brown substance that field-tested positive for THC/hashish. The total weight of the chocolate and hashish was about 5 pounds, 12 ounces.
CBP officers turned Bassam and the chocolates over to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police. She is charged with sale or distribution of marijuana and transporting drugs into Virginia. She remained in jail Thursday, pending a bond hearing. An April 1 preliminary hearing is scheduled in Loudoun County District Court.
“Customs and Border Protection officers know that people will try a wide variety of creative concealment methods to smuggle illegal drugs into the United States, and it is our job to intercept these smuggling attempts,” stated Casey Durst, CBP’s field operations director in Baltimore. “We remain committed to securing our homeland and protecting the health and well-being of our families and the American public.”
On a typical day, CBP seizes an average of 5863 pounds of narcotics, according to the agency.