A lady has forfeited greater than $10,000 in alleged proceeds of crime to the provincial authorities.
Beneath the phrases of a consent order just lately filed in B.C. Supreme Courtroom, Shelley Lorraine Yip will have the ability to maintain $2,000 of the $12,405 in Canadian foreign money seized on Nov. 27, 2022, when Williams Lake RCMP pulled her automobile over.
Based on a discover of declare B.C.’s civil forfeiture director filed in Might this yr, police uncovered 383 grams of hashish, together with vape and edible merchandise together with the money.
“The Money was bundled or packaged in a manner not consistent with standard banking practices,” the discover reads and provides that it’s an offence to “possess, distribute, sell, possess for the purpose of distribution, or possess for the purpose of selling cannabis,” except licensed beneath the Hashish Act.
Following the seizure, the director initiated an administrative forfeiture of the cash and, in response, Yip despatched a discover of dispute on Might 3 of this yr. The discover of declare was subsequently filed by the director on Might 31.
Based on the consent order, filed September 27, Yip was to be granted partial reduction of $2,000 with the cash to be despatched to an tackle within the Prince George space. The rest was forfeited to the provincial authorities.
The consent order was signed by each Yip and a lawyer for the director and reached “without a hearing and by consent.”
As a result of they’re civil issues, the outcomes of civil forfeiture proceedings are based mostly on a steadiness of chances. In 2019, the law was toughened in order that the onus falls on the defendant to show that the asset was not a proceed of crime.
In distinction, to attain a legal conviction the Crown should show guilt past an affordable doubt. Felony prices in relation to the seizure from Yip haven’t been accredited as of Thursday.