Papa v Mago; G.R. No. L-27360; 28 Feb 1968; 22 SCRA 857

Acting upon a reliable information that a certain shipment of personal effects, allegedly misdeclared and undervalued, would be released the following day from the customs zone of the port and loaded on two trucks, police officers intercepted and seized said trucks.

Whether or not a police officer could seize imported goods without a search warrant.

YES. Except in the case of the search of a dwelling house, persons exercising police authority under the customs law may effect search and seizure without a search warrant in the enforcement of customs laws.

Writ of certiorari and prohibition prayed for is GRANTED.

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