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Hi,While visiting Vegas a few months back with two of my mates we met up with another 3 friends towards the end of our stay. They stayed with us in our hotel for a weekend. Following a heavy night out they left our hotel to set off to California and start their holiday. Myself and two others were heading back to the UK having finished out holiday. The Cali bound guys had however left some clothing items in our hotel which between the three remaining group members we packed in our suitcases and flew back to the UK. I am pretty sure my bag was searched as I had 3 bottles of beer I was taking home, which when I got back were at the top of my bag but this is normal for me to get searched (can't get Bud light in UK so worth brining some back). However a few weeks later I returned the clothing items to my friend, at which point he asked if we cleared customs without issue as he may have "left" some marijuana in his shirt pocket as he could not locate it when he got to California. Obviously I was not stopped in the states and had no contact with the TSA or the UK border agencies when I passed through customs, however let's assume there was a tiny amount of marijuana in his shirt (he says at most it was about half a joints worth) could I be in for questioning the next time I fly out or do I assume that because I was not stopped that there is no issue? I am flying into Canada later this year with the intention of dropping down into America to visit Boston and New York and just want to know if there is anything I can do before leaving to find out\sort any remaining issues? Personally I don't take drugs so I am not really au fait with the laws surrounding the whole subject. In normal circumstances I would have checked all the pockets to ensure there was nothing untoward in the clothes, however it was a last minute pack and dash for the airport. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks
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