. For the powers of customs officers to enter on special warrant see 12 Car. 2, c. 19
(1660) quoted, note 5
above. In a number of situations the General Court granted provincial customs and
other officers power to obtain a special search warrant to search specific premises
upon giving information to a justice of the peace. See for example, Act of 13 Feb.
1760, c. 28, §25, 4 A&R
311 (Collector of excise to search for liquors sold without permit); Act of 3 Feb.
1764, c. 28, §5, 4 A&R
684 (Sheriff or constable to have warrant to search for flesh or skins of moose and
deer killed out of season). Prior to the Import Act of 20 April 1756, c. 47, §§18–20,
936, province customs officers had the right to search in all suspected places “for
illegally imported goods.” In the 1756 act and thereafter the general provision was
retained, but officers with a warrant on oath of information could force an entry
to search. Compare Act of 27 June 1755, c. 1, §§18, 19, 3 A&R
845. See Frese, Writs of Assistance (dissertation) 179 note, 181 note.