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Metro Vancouver properties subject to civil forfeiture

VANCOUVER — 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.

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.

Avenel Naidu and Ashok Naidu are directors of Can Auto Electric, which…

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