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Old June 9, 2012, 07:35 PM   #22
Coach Z
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Join Date: February 18, 2011
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The quote that I go by is the one I got from the commander of the coast guard academy when I asked what their jurisdiction was....

"see all the blue of the ocean, that's ours!)

The uscg and customs absolutely does not need any warrant ( for better or worse) to board a vessel within the 12nm limit "contiguous zone" That's been law since congress passed it in 1799!

www.gc.noaa.gov/documents/CZ05_final.pdf

Link to NOAA PDF of maritime zones and maritime law
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