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B.C. Civil Forfeiture suit alleges auto and appliance repair firm used to conceal drug trafficking proceeds

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Gordon Hoekstra

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Jan 14, 2020  •  January 14, 2020  •  3 minute read  •  8 Comments A Burnaby house located at 8601 Armstrong Ave., is the subject of a civil forfeiture by the province. Photo by Jason Payne /Postmedia News

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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,…

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