19 U.S. Code § 1589a - Enforcement authority of customs officers

Subject to the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, an officer of the customs may—
(1) carry a firearm;
(2) execute and serve any order, warrant, subpena, summons, or other process issued under the authority of the United States;
(3) make an arrest without a warrant for any offense against the United States committed in the officer’s presence or for a felony, cognizable under the laws of the United States committed outside the officer’s presence if the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing a felony; and
(4) perform any other law enforcement duty that the Secretary of the Treasury may designate.


(June 17, 1930, ch. 497, title IV, § 589, as added Pub. L. 98–573, title II, § 213(a)(17),Oct. 30, 1984, 98 Stat. 2988.)

Another section 589 of act June 17, 1930, as added by Pub. L. 98–473, title II, § 320,Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 2056, was classified to section 1589 of this title, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 100–690.
Prior Provisions

A prior section 589 of act June 17, 1930, ch. 497, title IV, 46 Stat. 750, related to unlawful relanding and was classified to this section, prior to repeal by act June 25, 1948, ch. 645, § 21,62 Stat. 862, eff. Sept. 1, 1948. See section 544 of Title 18, Crimes and Criminal Procedure.
Effective Date

Section effective Oct. 15, 1984, see section 214(e) ofPub. L. 98–573, set out as an Effective Date of 1984 Amendment note under section 1304 of this title.

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