Border Busts

Targeting casual drug users

An American traveler returning home from Europe has two marijuana cigarettes stashed in his toilet kit. Looking through the passenger's luggage, a Customs official discovers the small cache. In the past the official might have levied a perfunctory fine. In accordance with a new get-tough policy that took effect last week, however, U.S. Customs officers will now arrest, book and fingerprint every person entering the country with illicit drugs, no matter how small the amount.

The new program, approved two weeks ago by the National Drug Policy Board, chaired by Attorney General Edwin Meese, is part of a larger Reagan Administration...

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