NARCOTIC DRUGS (CONTROL, ENFORCEMENT AND SANCTIONS) LAW - 1990 (PNDCL 236)

    Section - 24 - Power of Entry, Search and Seizure.

    (1) Whenever it appears to any authorised police officer that there is reasonable cause to suspect that in or on any premises, there is concealed or deposited any property liable to forfeiture under this Law or to which an offence under this Law is reasonably suspected to have been committed, or any book or document directly or indirectly relating to or connected with any dealing, or intended dealing, whether within or outside Ghana in respect of any property liable to seizure or forfeiture under this Law or which would, if carried out be an offence under this Law, he may at any time-

    (a) enter such premises and there search for, seize and detain, any such property, book or document;

    (b) search any person who is in or on such premises, and for the purpose of such search, detain such person and remove him to such place as may be necessary to facilitate such search;

    (c) arrest any person who is in or on such premises in whose possession any property liable to seizure or forfeiture under this Law is found, or whom the officer reasonably believes to have concealed or deposited such property,

    (d) seize and detain any book or document found in or on such premises or on such person;

    (e) break open, examine, and search, any article, container or receptacle;

    (f) stop, search and detain any conveyance.

    (2) The officer may if it is necessary-

    (a) break open any outer or inner door or window of such premises and enter;

    (b) forcibly enter such premises and every part thereof;

    (c) remove by force any obstruction to the entry, search, seizure or removal as he is empowered to effect;

    (d) detain every person found in or on such premises, until such premises have been searched.

    (3) The provisions of subsection (1) and (2) shall not apply in relation to banker's books in a bank.