Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code
Sec. § 101.03
Search and Seizure


A search warrant may issue under Chapter 18 (Search Warrants), Code of Criminal Procedure, 1965, as amended, to search for, seize, and destroy or otherwise dispose of in accordance with this code:


an illicit beverage;


any equipment or instrumentality used, or capable or designed to be used, to manufacture an illicit beverage;


a vehicle or instrumentality used or to be used for the illegal transportation of an illicit beverage;


unlawful equipment or materials used or to be used in the illegal manufacturing of an illicit beverage;


a forged or counterfeit stamp, die, plate, official signature, certificate, evidence of tax payment, license, permit, or other instrument pertaining to this code; or


any instrumentality or equipment, or parts of either of them, used or to be used, or designed or capable of use, to manufacture, print, etch, indite, or otherwise make a forged or counterfeit instrument covered by Subdivision (5) of this subsection.


Any magistrate may issue a search warrant on the affidavit of a credible person, setting forth the name or description of the owner or person in charge of the premises (or stating that the name and description are unknown), the address or description of the premises, and showing that the described premises is a place where this code has been or is being violated. If the place to be searched is a private dwelling occupied as such and no part of it is used as a store, shop, hotel, boarding house, or for any other purpose except as a private residence, the affidavit must be made by two credible persons.


All provisions of Chapter 18 (Search Warrants), Code of Criminal Procedure, 1965, as amended, apply to the application, issuance, and execution of the warrant except those that conflict with this section.


The officer executing the warrant shall seize all items described in Subsection (a) of this section, and those items may not be taken from his custody by a writ of replevin or any other process. The officer shall retain the items pending final judgment in the proceedings.


This section does not require a peace officer to obtain a search warrant to search premises covered by a license or permit.
Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 491, ch. 194, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.
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