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A jar of peanut butter was stuffed with something much less creamy when it set off an alarm at a Pennsylvania airport, officials say.

A Transportation Security Administration officer investigated the peanut butter mystery at Pittsburgh International Airport – and discovered more than peanut butter inside.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the officer found three vape cartridges containing marijuana packaged in plastic bags.

The traveler reported the canisters of marijuana hidden in his checked bag were for medical purposes“but still thought he should try to cover them up,” according to an Aug. 4 tweet.

“It’s not a good decision,” Farbstein said.

According to the TSA, travelers are allowed to pack medical marijuana in checked baggage and carry under special instructions.

“TSA screening procedures are security-focused and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers,” the federal agency said. “As a result, TSA security agents do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if an illegal substance is discovered during security screening, the TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement agent. order.”

Farbstein did not say whether the traveler would face criminal charges.

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