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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. 

The defendants named in the suit are Ashok (Roy) Kumar Naidu, his current or former spouse Gina Chinamma Naidu, their son, Avenel Naidu, and his girlfriend, Alisha Ann Watkins.

None of the allegations have been proven in court and a statement of defence has not been filed.

According to the suit, the New Westminster Police Department began investigating the alleged drug trafficking ring in September 2017.

Police allege Avenel Naidu was one of the leaders of the drug ring and that he and his father were directors of Can Auto.

In June 2018, search warrants were issued for the properties.

Police found drugs, including an opioid analgesic that is almost eight times as potent as morphine, guns, jewelry, more than two dozen cellphones, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and YSL handbags and Rolex watches, some of which were stolen.

Police also found about $200,000 Canadian dollars as well as Mexican and U.S. currency, which the…

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