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TSA finds pot in peanut butter jar

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Transportation Security Administration agents discovered marijuana hidden in a peanut butter jar during a security screening Sunday night at Oakland International Airport.

Transportation Security Administration workers at Oakland International Airport detained a man who they say tried to sneak marijuana onto a flight inside a jar of Skippy peanut butter, NBC Bay Area reports.

TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said a TSA employee noticed something was awry inside the jar during the X-ray screening.

Further investigation found the unidentified man put the pot inside a plastic baggie, which he then put inside the peanut butter.

Melendez said that although drugs are not something TSA agents actively search for, they are obliged to call authorities when they find them.

The passenger, who was headed to Los Angeles on Sunday, was cited for possession of marijuana. He also missed his flight.

Fellow passengers said the man admitted to trying to hide the drugs because he didn't have a medical marijuana card, Melendez said.  Melendez told the Mercury News that this was the second time in recent months the TSA has found pot hidden in peanut butter.

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