Newsbrief: Dionne Warwick Busted for Marijuana at Airport Amidst Heightened Airline Security 5/17/02

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Though the drug war intrudes most often in the lives of the economically ordinary, every now and then a rich celebrity gets "popped" for possession. The latest was singer Dionne Warwick, a 61-year-old grandmother, who was detained Sunday at Miami International Airport after Comair security personnel found 11 suspected joints in her lipstick case. She was charged with possession of less than five grams of marijuana, ordered to appear in court at a later date, and released. She missed her flight.

While only anecdotal evidence exists -- DRCNet could find no source for numbers on people arrested carrying personal amounts of drugs through airports -- the occasional wire service report or celebrity bust suggests that more drug possessors are being caught as the nation's airports remain on high alert. The topic certainly made the rounds at last month's NORML conference, where at one unofficial meeting, several faces turned pale when the announcement went out that "They're busting people with pot in their crotch at San Francisco airport."

Many cannabis aficionados had favored the crotch-carry, while others swore by stuffing it in the checked baggage. Still others preferred not to mess with airport security at all, either sending supplies to their destinations by courier or hooking up once they hit town.

But not everyone has figured it out. On the same day that Warwick was arrested in Miami, authorities at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport evacuated the airport after a male passenger (unnamed in the wire report) was busted for marijuana after a random gate search. The marijuana-carrying passenger told airport security he thought he had a penknife in his luggage, but none was found. Thus the evacuation and thus the wire service story. But most airport marijuana possession busts don't make the news. Caveat aviator.

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