Thursday, January 16, 2014
Seized and Sold
Pot grow show home confiscated under Civil Forfeiture Act
Released by by Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen, RCMP UFVRD
n August 10, 2011 the Chilliwack RCMP Crime Reduction Unit initiated an investigation of Theft of Hydro at a residence in the 41000 block of Majuba Hill Road, Chilliwack, B.C.
As a result of this investigation, charges of; Theft of Telecommunications, contrary to Section 326 of the Criminal code, Possession for the purpose of trafficking and production of a controlled substance, both offenses under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, were laid against two Abbotsford residents.
On October 31, 2011, based on the allegation that the property was an instrument of unlawful activity as it was used to house a marihuana grow operation, civil forfeiture proceedings were filed in the Chilliwack registry of the British Columbia Supreme Court.
On April 23, 2012 the Civil Forfeiture Office obtained a court order for full forfeiture of the property. The resulting sale of the property netted $480,000. A good portion of this money was used to fund crime prevention grants across the province.
"The wheels of justice may take their time turning but they do indeed turn and to a great loss for criminals", said Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen. "Civil forfeitures are a very effective tool to combat criminal activity. It is a tool that our Crime Reduction unit will make more use of when criminal forfeiture is not available".
All property used in criminal enterprise can be subject to forfeiture. So criminals beware. Your behavior may not only cost you jail time but your property as well.
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