jerquer

jerquer

(ˈdʒɜːkə)
n
a customs officer or other official responsible for searching ships for contraband or undeclared goods
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Brooks, who worked as a customs jerquer (a custom's officer who checked a ship's cargo against its manifest), had asked for an increase in his salary.