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Section 4. Before a decree of forfeiture of property seized under a search warrant is issued, the court or justice shall, unless otherwise expressly provided, issue a notice under seal, signed by the clerk of the court or by the justice, setting forth the substance of the complaint, and commanding the persons, if any, in whose possession the articles were found, and the owner, if alleged, and all other persons who claim an interest therein, to appear at a time and place therein named to show cause why the articles seized should not be forfeited.

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