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Canada Over $7.5M in Metro Vancouver properties subject of civil forfeiture

18:51  14 january  2020
18:51  14 january  2020 Source:   vancouversun.com

Metro Vancouver properties worth a combined $7.5 million sought in civil forfeiture

  Metro Vancouver properties worth a combined $7.5 million sought in civil forfeiture The province is trying to seize more than $7.5 million in Metro Vancouver houses it alleges were used to launder drug trafficking money. In a statement of claim filed in a B.C. Supreme Court, the B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office alleges six homes in Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam and Mission were bought or maintained with money from trafficking fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. It also alleges Can Auto, an auto and appliance repair business registered at one of the properties, was used as a front to conceal operations of the drug ring.

Over the years civil forfeitures have increased dramatically. What should be done is that instead of law enforcement stealing from the citizens, law enforcement should be subject to the same RICO laws they apply to citizens. Civil forfeiture is a page right of the book written by Communist dictators.

Civil forfeiture laws have been rationalized as a way of taking the profit out of crime, deterring illegal activity, and compensating the victims of criminal In practice, civil forfeiture amounts to a legislative shortcut past the criminal process. It facilitates the seizure of suspicious assets, but represents an end

a house that is parked on the side of Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: A Burnaby house located at 8601 Armstrong Ave., is the subject of a civil forfeiture by the province.© Jason Payne A Burnaby house located at 8601 Armstrong Ave., is the subject of a civil forfeiture by the province.

More than $7.5 million in Metro Vancouver property, as well as bank accounts, have been frozen in a B.C. Supreme Court suit filed by the province that alleges the assets are proceeds of drug trafficking.

In a legal action filed this summer, the B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office seeks to permanently seize six homes in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and Mission it alleges were linked to drug trafficking and used to launder money.

In the suit filed in B.C. Supreme Court, the civil forfeiture office alleges an auto and appliance repair business was used as a front to conceal the money generated by the alleged drug operation ring.

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The Civil Forfeiture Act allows the director of civil forfeiture to commence legal proceedings against property linked to unlawful activity. Commenced in court and subject to the Supreme Court Civil Rules. Can proceed even if you were not charged or if your charges were stayed or you were acquitted.

Real estate. Advice. Property Subject to Government Forfeiture under 21 U.S.C. §881 (a)(6) & ( 7 ) Bob makes his decision to place his money in his home due to his concerns over the current The property in Bob's car and home was seized and is now subject to government forfeiture under

In its court filing, the civil forfeiture office also claims failure to declare taxable income.

The provincial agency also seeks to have forfeited $200,000 in cash — some of it in U.S. and Mexican currency — as well as jewelry and other items seized by New Westminster Police during an investigation that uncovered the alleged drug trafficking ring dealing in cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine.

The freezing order was extended in a court order this fall preventing the properties from being sold or mortgaged.

The court case was moved to Vancouver from Victoria in December.

Named in the suit are Ashok Kumar Naidu, also known as Roy Naidu; Gina Chinamma Naidu; Avenel Anish Naidu; Can Auto Electric & Appliance Repair Ltd.; and Alisha Ann Watkins.

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A federal high court sitting in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of N28.5 million belonging to Anifowoshe Alade, a civil servant in the state. The judge held that the federal government “should take such administrative steps to ensure that the funds and properties are transmitted to the Lagos

Civil forfeiture is designed to target property , not people. The Civil Forfeiture Act became law in 2006. It targets the proceeds and instruments of unlawful activity. It was created to ensure that people cannot profit from unlawful activity or use property in a way that may harm other persons.

Avenel Naidu and Ashok Naidu are directors of Can Auto Electric, which owns one of the properties.

The defendants have not responded to the civil forfeiture office’s claim. The suit includes allegations that have not been proven in court. The defendants have not been charged criminally. The threshold for proving a civil forfeiture claim is lower than for a criminal conviction, a balance of probabilities instead of beyond a reasonable doubt.

The civil forfeiture office’s claim filed in court outlines the findings of a New Westminster Police investigation in 2017 and 2018.

The police findings allege that Avenel Naidu was one of the operators of the drug ring and that one of the properties in Burnaby was being used as a storage and meeting location by the drug ring.

On June 20, 2018 police obtained warrants to search multiple locations in Metro Vancouver, according to the civil forfeiture suit.

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A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the final forfeiture to the Federal Government the sum of N28.5 million and other property belonging to Jamiu Anifowose, a Director in the Public Works Department of Lagos State.

Notices of administrative, civil and criminal forfeiture actions have traditionally been published in newspapers. This website also features information on how to file a claim and/or a petition for the purpose of recovering property .

Among items seized were more than two kilograms of cocaine, caffeine, fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine in various packages and mixtures.

Other items seized by police included U-47700, an opioid analgesic drug that has approximately 7.5 times the potency of morphine; tablets of Tadalafil, also known as Cialis; capsules of the drug MDA; phenacetin, an agent used to cut cocaine; and a small amount of marijuana.

Also seized were cans of bear spray, scales, hard-knuckle gloves, a 9mm loaded Luger pistol with the serial number scratched off, a stolen and loaded 9mm Norcino pistol, more than two dozen cellphones, designer hand bags and jewelry (some of which was stolen), fraudulent documents and identification, a 40-calibre Smith and Weston pistol, fraudulent tax documents and pay stubs, and cash.

A random selection of the cash seized at the residences were found to contain high concentrations of cocaine residue, as well as methamphetamine and fentanyl residue, according to the court filings.

According to the civil forfeiture suit, Can Auto Electric was used by the defendants as a front for concealing the operation of the drug ring.

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Civilly Forfeitable Property . All civil forfeiture statutes presently in effect are in rem statutes in which the property itself, not the owner of the Property subject to forfeiture may be seized pursuant to a warrant obtained in the same manner as provided for a search warrant under Rule 41 of the Federal

< British Columbia's civil forfeiture regime violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by It said Mr. Liu granted the Vancouver Police Department access to the property in September In his response, Mr. Liu said the Civil Forfeiture Act violates the Charter. He said officers entered his

“Deposits to Can Auto’s business bank accounts are inconsistent in their size and frequency with deposits for automotive repair work,” states the claim filed by the civil forfeiture office.

“At all material times, Avenel Naidu exhibited a level of personal expenditure and asset ownership inconsistent with being employed at Can Auto and not explicable by other legitimate sources of income, including his acquisition of multiple expensive vehicles, watches, designer bags and other luxury items,” states the claim.

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