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Archive for August 5th, 2022

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Kansas City Mob

Marijuana Stuffed inside Bottle of Peanut Butter Discovered by TSA

TSA found a jar of peanut butter stuffed with marijuana vape cartridges.

By Steve Neavling

TSA found more than creamy goodness inside a jar of peanut butter at Pittsburgh International Airport. 

The bottle of Jiff contained three marijuana vape canisters wrapped in plastic bags.  

“This jar of peanut butter, packed in a checked bag at @PITairport, triggered an alarm,” TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein tweeted Thursday. “When a @TSA officer investigated why it alarmed, three vape canisters with marijuana that were wrapped in plastic bags were pulled from the jar. TSA isn’t searching for drugs, but when they are discovered during routine screening, the police are contacted. The traveler told officials that the canisters were for medical purposes, but still thought he should try to conceal them. Not a good decision.”

Travelers are permitted to pack medical marijuana in carry-on bags under specific instructions. 

In this case, those instructions were not followed. 

Homeland Security to Stop Clearing Cell Phones – for Now

By Steve Neavling

Homeland Security officials said they would no longer delete data on cell phones from top officials and political appointees before backing them up on external servers.

The directive, announced in a memo obtained by CNN, is temporary and comes in response to the Secret Service and top former DHS officials clearing their devices. 

Under the directive, emails, social media messengers, instant messages, and text messages would be preserved. 

“DHS agencies and offices are directed to preserve either the actual mobile devices (and accompanying access information) or complete fully accessible backups of all device content for all members of the Senior Executive Service or equivalent and political appointees, whenever such an employee departs or would have their device replaced or wiped for any reason,” Chief Information Officer Eric Hysen and General Counsel Jonathan Meyer wrote in the memo.

The agencies have come under fire for deleting the messages around the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. 

A House committee investigating the insurrection was hoping the messages would provide more information about former President Trump’s actions on the day of the riot.