United States Code (USC)
Controlled Substances Act
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[Laws in effect as of January 3, 2007
Section 878. Powers of enforcement personnel
(a) Any officer or employee of the Drug Enforcement Administration
or any State or local law enforcement officer designated by the Attorney
(1) carry firearms;
(2) execute and serve search warrants, arrest warrants,
administrative inspection warrants, subpenas, and summonses issued
under the authority of the United States;
(3) make arrests without warrant (A) for any offense against the
United States committed in his presence, or (B) for any felony,
cognizable under the laws of the United States, if he has probable
cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is
committing a felony;
(4) make seizures of property pursuant to the provisions of this
(5) perform such other law enforcement duties as the Attorney
General may designate.
(b) State and local law enforcement officers performing functions
under this section shall not be deemed Federal employees and shall not
be subject to provisions of law relating to Federal employees, except
that such officers shall be subject to section 3374(c) of title 5.
(Pub. L. 91-513, title II, Sec. 508, Oct. 27, 1970, 84 Stat. 1273; Pub.
L. 96-132, Sec. 16(b), Nov. 30, 1979, 93 Stat. 1049; Pub. L. 99-570,
title I, Sec. 1869, Oct. 27, 1986, 100 Stat. 3207-55; Pub. L. 99-646,
Sec. 86, Nov. 10, 1986, 100 Stat. 3620.)
1986--Pub. L. 99-570 and Pub. L. 99-646 amended section
substantially identically designating existing provisions as subsec. (a)
and adding subsec. (b), with the exception of the amendment of subsec.
(a) for which Pub. L. 99-570 directed the insertion of "or (with
respect to offenses under this subchapter or subchapter II of this
chapter) any State or local law enforcement officer'' and Pub. L. 99-646
directed the insertion of "or any State or local law enforcement
officer'', the latter of which was executed to reflect the probable
intent of Congress.
1979--Pub. L. 96-132 substituted "Drug Enforcement Administration''
for "Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs''.
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