Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996

Amendment of Public Dance Halls Act, 1935.

9.—The Public Dance Halls Act, 1935 , is hereby amended by the insertion after section 13 of the following section:

“13A.—(1) Any member of the Garda Síochána whether in uniform or not may enter any place in respect of which a public dancing licence is for the time being in force at any time while such place is being used for public dancing or at any other reasonable time and there make such inspection, examination and inquiry as he shall think proper for the prevention or detection of a drug trafficking offence within the meaning of section 3 (1) of the Criminal Justice Act, 1994 .

(2) Every person who shall prevent or attempt to prevent a member of the Garda Síochána from exercising, or obstruct or attempt to obstruct any such member in the exercise of, a power vested in such member by virtue of this section shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding £1,000.”.