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Constitutionality of Seizing the Passports of Individuals Found to Be Importing Controlled Substances Into the United States

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A Customs Service directive to seize as evidence of a federal crime the passports of individuals found to be importing controlled substances into the United States would not implicate the Fourth or Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution, nor give rise to any valid constitutional claims of denial of due process or deprivation of freedom to travel.

Updated July 9, 2014