Hey ya'll. I was recently driving across to Canada with a friend for Christmas. I live in Washington state. On our way back from Canada, crossing in to the U.S. border was just completely ridiculous. The young guard kept asking the same questions and giving us shit. They seemed to be suspicious mostly of the fact that I had never met the guy and his family that we were going to go see. When he went to search our car, he asked us to empty our pockets. The only thing I had was my cell phone. The CBP officer (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) proceeded to take my phone and walked out and started digging through the car.
He is out there for a long time, maybe like 30 minutes, and I looked out the window once and saw him digging through the car. Good thing my dirty underwear is at the top of the bag. Finally the guy comes back and asks for the phone number of the guy we went to visit. He actually calls him. He seems very suspicious of us. Finally, after checking the car, asking us a million questions, and calling the friend we went to visit, he simply said, "you're good to go". When I asked him what we did wrong to cause such a delay, he said he was suspicious of me because I was going to spend Christmas with a family I haven't met. (my mistake of telling him I never met the people we were going to stay with). Whatever...
So the thing that has me worried is that I know these CBP guys can search your laptops, electronics, phones, etc. Being the stoner I am, I have pictures of weed on my phone, and text messages saying things such as "how much for a zip" or "the q probably won't work", etc. The pictures are mostly of nugs and it's only about 20 pictures out of the 650+ in my photos. It would take a little bit of digging through to find them. I also have one person I text for product and he was somewhere in the middle of my messages. Again, it would take a little bit of scrolling through to find them.
My questions are:
Can photos of weed on my phone be used to incriminate me in any way? For all they know, the pictures could be from the internet, right?
Can text messages saying things such as "how much for a zip" and other drug talk be used to incriminate me if a CBP officer reads them?
Would these guys report me to the real authorities in my city? I know these are small amounts we're talking, but would they really go that far? Maybe this young guy is trying to be a hero?
What are the CBP looking for when they go through your electronics? I understand they're mostly looking for child porn, terrorist activity, smuggling of drugs, and what goes in and out of the country. Which I have nothing to do with and never had anything to do with. Would they even care about anything that doesn't concern those things? I know they're also allowed to detain your electronics up to 5 days if they have suspicion. I did get my phone back.
Am I being overly paranoid about this? I can't tell if I'm just baked, or if there is a real reason to make my stash (up to an oz + much paraphernalia) disappear. The guy was a dick and I don't trust these asshole border monkeys. Anybody have a similar experience? Is there any reason to worry? Thanks in advance to anybody who wants to read all this.