B.C. wants Richmond properties linked to illicit cannabis forfeited

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Police also found a 2018 Harley-Davidson owned by New Westminster resident Christopher Brian Cornett and a 2009 Harley owned by Brian Joseph Whelan of Spruce Grove, Alberta. Both had Hells Angels support stickers on them. There was also a third, unbranded motorcycle owned by Hafiz, the director’s lawsuit said.

At the 14611 Westminster Highway property, police found another 553 cannabis plants and 6.65 grams of bud, the suit says. Colin Chonn, the sole director of the numbered company that owns the other Westminster Hwy property, was arrested as he drove away. His black Louis Vuitton bag and wallet were seized, as was more than $5,300 cash.

Police also searched the Blundell acreage and found 11,152 plants “in various stages of growth,” 300 kilograms of bud, 20 grams of bud and leaves and “several workers,” the suit said.

The director alleges that “on and before Oct. 28, 2020, the cannabis being produced at the real property was being produced for the purpose of trafficking.”

“The authorizations for the possession or production of cannabis with respect to the real property are not valid, or in the alternative, the cannabis being produced was not in accordance with the terms of said authorization,” he said.

The unlawful activity connected to all three properties consists of violations of both the Cannabis Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, as well as money laundering, possession of proceeds of crime and failure to declare taxable income, the director alleges.

None of the people named in the lawsuit has been criminally charged so far. And none have yet filed statements of defence.



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