20 Warrantless search of places and vehicles in relation to some Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 offences

A constable may enter and search a place or vehicle without a warrant if he or she has reasonable grounds—

(a)

to believe that it is not practicable to obtain a warrant and that in or on the place or vehicle there is—

(i)

a controlled drug specified or described in Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975; or

(ii)

a controlled drug specified or described in Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975; or

(iii)

a controlled drug specified or described in Part 1 of Schedule 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975; or

(iv)

a precursor substance specified or described in Part 3 of Schedule 4 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975; and

(b)

to suspect that in or on the place or vehicle an offence against the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 has been committed, or is being committed, or is about to be committed, in respect of that controlled drug or precursor substance; and

(c)

to believe that, if the entry and search is not carried out immediately, evidential material relating to the suspected offence will be destroyed, concealed, altered, or damaged.