Cigarettes and Tobacco Products

ORS 323.240
Search warrants

  • seizure and forfeiture

Whenever the Department of Revenue has good reason to believe that any cigarettes are being kept, sold, offered for sale or given away in violation of the provisions of ORS 323.005 (Short title) to 323.482 (Offense of unlawful distribution of cigarettes) or rules issued under its authority, it may make affidavit of that fact, describing the place or thing to be searched, before any judge of any court in this state, and such judge shall issue a search warrant directed to the sheriff, any constable, police officer, or duly authorized agent of the department, commanding the sheriff, constable, police officer or duly authorized agent of the department to enter and diligently search any building, room in a building, place or vehicle as may be designated in the affidavit and search warrant, and to seize such cigarettes together with any vending machine or receptacle containing them and any vehicle carrying them, and to arrest the person in possession or control thereof. If, upon the return of such warrant, it shall appear that tax payable upon the cigarettes seized has not been paid or prepaid, if prepayment is required under ORS 323.068 (Prepayment of tax), the cigarettes, containers and vehicle, if any, shall be forfeited to the state and disposed of pursuant to ORS 323.245 (Forfeiture of cigarettes and other objects) or 323.248 (Seizure and forfeiture of contraband cigarettes). [1965 c.525 §61; 2003 c.804 §21]


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