search warrant


Definition of search warrant

: a warrant authorizing a search (as of a house) for stolen goods or unlawful possessions

Examples of search warrant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Los Angeles Police Department served search warrants Wednesday at a North Hollywood business in a federal drug trafficking investigation, authorities said. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Drug investigators serve warrants at North Hollywood business," 6 May 2020 Police were serving search warrants and expected to make arrests in connection with the case by this afternoon. Ashley Remkus |, al, "2 killed, 4 injured in 3 separate Huntsville shootings," 27 Mar. 2020 In December 2019, Tommy Crosby, the spokesperson for the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, confirmed that agents had served search warrants to Myrtle Beach Safari. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "What Happened to Bhagavan "Doc" Antle from 'Tiger King'?," 27 Mar. 2020 Investigators served search warrants that led to the seizure of 82 total firearms, about a third of which had been reported stolen, Schroder said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Stolen guns, some tied to shootings, recovered in major Alaska firearms and narcotics operation," 27 Feb. 2020 Police served four search warrants in two locations in San Luis Obispo County, one in Los Angeles County and one in Washington state, respectively, according to a press release. Fox News, "Kristin Smart disappearance: Search warrants issued in hunt for California student who vanished in 1996," 6 Feb. 2020 Authorities served search warrants Wednesday at locations in California and Washington state in the investigation of the disappearance of college student Kristin Smart in 1996. CBS News, "Home and vintage cars searched in 1996 disappearance of California student Kristin Smart," 6 Feb. 2020 USA TODAY Authorities serve multiple search warrants in the 1996 case of the missing Cal Poly freshman. Plus: President Trump's SOTU takes aim at the Golden State's sanctuary law. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: A flurry of activity in Kristin Smart's '96 disappearance," 6 Feb. 2020 Once the search warrant came through, investigators tried to find Anderson-Agimuk but could not locate him. Author: Greg Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "Former Bethel legislative aide charged with raping girl after giving her alcohol," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of search warrant

1739, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2020

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“Search warrant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of search warrant

: a legal document that gives the police permission to search a place for evidence

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