Thursday, July 15, 2010
Dazed and Confused on the Hill
A number of people have been busted recently for trying to bring marijuana into the Capitol building. The Hill’s reporting, “A dozen people have been arrested with marijuana and other illegal drugs while trying to enter the Capitol in the past 18 months. US Capitol Police say that the majority of the alleged drug carriers were tourists. NBC Washington says, “You’d think that the metal detector, X-ray machine and other security you’ve got to pass through just to get inside would be a pretty good deterrent, but some folks apparently didn’t get that message.” Senate Sergant at Arms Terry Gainer said that people getting caught with illegal drugs isn't new. However, the Capitol Visitors Center may be a reason for the uptick in violations--3 million visitors since it opened in 2008.