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U.S. Customs Service

  • By: Joseph F. King
  • In: Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
  • Edited by: Larry E. Sullivan, Marie Simonetti Rosen, Dorthy Moses Schulz & M. R. Haberfeld
  • Subject:General Criminology & Criminal Justice, Police Studies (general)

The U.S. Customs Service is one of the oldest federal agencies in existence, predating the Constitution. The first Congress created the customs service by passing the Tariff Act on July 4, 1789. This legislation, the brainchild of James Madison in response ...

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