I’ve been watching “To Catch a Smuggler” on the National Geographic channel lately. It follows CBP around as they interview travelers and inspect packages. I don’t THINK it’s staged.
It’s pretty common for them to open boxes or take things apart that they believe are suspicious. In one episode, there was what appeared to be a very expensive piece of equipment that they drilled holes in and pried it apart. Sure enough, there was drugs in it. But if there hadn’t been, they would have destroyed a very expensive piece of equipment. In the same episode, they drilled a hole in a drum (the musical kind) but didn’t find anything. It probably wouldn’t have affected the playability of the drum but it certainly didn’t do its value any favors.
Are there limits on what they can do or is anything fair game?