§60-6-18. Search warrants.
If there be complaint on oath or affirmation supported by
affidavit or affidavits setting forth the facts for such belief
that alcoholic liquors are being manufactured, sold, kept, stored
or in any manner held, used or concealed in a particular house or
other place in violation of law, the justice of the peace, circuit,
criminal or intermediate court, or the judge thereof in vacation,
or the mayor of any city, town or village to whom such complaint is
made, if satisfied that there is a probable cause for such belief,
shall issue a warrant to search such house or other place for
alcoholic liquors. Such warrants, except as herein otherwise
provided, shall be issued, directed and executed in accordance with
the laws of West Virginia pertaining to search warrants.
Warrants issued under this chapter for the search of any
automobile, boat, conveyance or vehicle, or for the search of any
trunk, grip or other article of baggage, for alcoholic liquor, may
be executed in any part of the state where the same are overtaken,
and shall be made returnable before any justice of the peace,
circuit, criminal or intermediate court, or the judge thereof in
vacation, or the mayor of any city, town or village within whose
jurisdiction such automobile, boat, conveyance, vehicle, trunk,
grip or other article of baggage, or any of them, were transported
or attempted to be transported contrary to law.
An officer charged with the execution of a warrant issued
under this section, may, whenever it is necessary, break open and
enter a house, or other place herein described.