Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 1978

Internal concealment

13A Power to detain on belief of internal concealment

(1)

If any member of the Police or officer of Customs has reasonable cause to believe that any person has any Class A controlled drug or Class B controlled drug secreted within that person’s body for any unlawful purpose, the member of the Police or officer of Customs may cause that person to be detained under this section.

(2)

For the purposes of subsection (1) of this section, a person has any Class A controlled drug or Class B controlled drug secreted within that person’s body if—

(a)

The drug is within any of that person’s body cavities; or

(b)

That person has swallowed the drug in such a manner that it may pass through the body, or be regurgitated, intact, but the drug is still within the body at the material time.

(3)

In subsection (1) of this section, unlawful purpose means the commission of an offence against the principal Act, and the concealment of the commission of any such offence.

Sections 13A to 13M (and the preceding heading “Internal concealment” were inserted, as from 1 October 1985, by section 2 Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 1985 (1985 No 130).