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Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 No 103
Current version for 6 December 2019 to date (accessed 29 January 2020 at 18:34)
45 Search powers relating to prohibited plants and prohibited drugs
(cf Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985, s 37)
(1) A police officer authorised by this section may, without a warrant, with as many other police officers as he or she thinks necessary, take the actions set out in subsection (2) if the police officer reasonably suspects that there is in a vessel or aircraft a prohibited plant or prohibited drug that is, in contravention of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985, in the possession or under the control of any person.(2) The police officer may take the following actions—(a) stop and detain the vessel or aircraft,(b) enter into any part of the vessel or aircraft,(c) search and inspect the vessel or aircraft.(3) The following police officers are authorised by this section—(a) a police officer of or above the rank of sergeant,(b) a police officer in charge of a police station,(c) a police officer in charge of a police vessel.