(1) This section applies if an authorised officer has taken possession of a thing referred to in subsection 252C(4) and proceedings in respect of which the thing might provide evidence have not commenced before the end of:
(a) 60 days after the authorised officer takes possession of the thing; or
(b) a period previously specified in an order of a magistrate under section 252E.
(2) The authorised officer may apply to a magistrate for an order that the officer may retain the thing for a further period.
(3) Before making the application, the authorised officer must:
(a) take reasonable steps to discover which persons' interests would be affected by the retention of the thing; and
(b) if it is practicable to do so, notify each person who the authorised officer believes to be such a person of the proposed application.