Section 28-4-280Allowances and fees of officers executing search warrants and attending and prosecuting forfeiture and condemnation actions for state.
There shall be allowed the officer making the seizure under a search warrant the sum of $3.00 and also the additional sum of $2.00 for every day that such officer shall necessarily be employed in attending court for the purpose of causing liquors and beverages and vessels and receptacles seized to be forfeited or condemned and the sum of $.10 per mile for each mile he shall travel in executing the warrant, together with such reasonable sum as the court may deem just for necessary expenses incurred in transporting and providing storage for liquors and beverages and vessels and receptacles seized.
Where a warrant is issued to any peace officer to search a designated place for prohibited liquors and beverages and such officer executes such warrant and seizes such liquors or beverages, but fails to arrest any person or persons for having such prohibited liquors or beverages in his or their possession, then no fees, mileage or allowances shall be paid to anyone for any service under this article.
Where a warrant is issued to any peace officer to search a designated place for prohibited liquors or beverages and such officer executes said warrant, seizes such prohibited liquors or beverages, arrests one or more persons alleged to have had the possession of such liquors or beverages at the time of said seizure and said person is tried and acquitted of the charge or charges arising out of the possession, use or sale of said seized prohibited liquors or beverages by the court having jurisdiction of the action or the action is nol prossed by such court or withdrawn and filed, then the fees, mileage or allowances set out in this section shall be taxed and paid as in criminal prosecutions in which the state fails, upon the court or judge making an order to that effect. If, however, the arrest of one or more persons alleged to have had the possession of such liquors or beverages is made and the defendant or defendants are finally convicted, the costs or fees set out in this section shall be taxed in the bill of costs against such defendant or defendants and, if not collected from such defendant or defendants so convicted, shall be taxed and paid as in criminal prosecutions in which the state fails, upon the court or judge making an order to that effect.
(Acts 1909, No. 191, p. 63; Acts 1915, No. 2, p. 8; Code 1923, §4768; Acts 1935, No. 299, p. 727; Code 1940, T. 29, §237.)