U.S. Customs inspector is charged at BWI

May 05, 2001|By SUN STAFF WRITER

A senior inspector for the U.S. Customs Service assigned to Baltimore-Washington International Airport has been charged with accepting cash, sex and nude pictures from a convicted drug smuggler in exchange for helping her family through the inspection process.

Harry William Holland, 47, of Rosedale appeared yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Klein Jr.

He was released pending trial.

Customs Service investigators became suspicious of Holland after he asked another officer to give his address at the BWI office to a Nigerian woman who had been arrested and found to have ingested about 1,360 grams of heroin, according to a press release from acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning.

In exchange for sex and nude pictures of the woman, he assured her that her family and friends would not be detained, Schenning said.

Holland, a 17-year employee, has been charged with accepting an illegal gratuity.

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