Criminal cash confiscated by Langley Mounties

A stash of almost $125,000 found during a drug investigation in Langley two years ago has been seized by the provincial government.

In July 2012, Langley RCMP got an anonymous tip about people transporting pot from B.C. to Ontario, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the local Mounties. The investigation led police to watch as, on Aug. 1, 2012 a 41-year-old Coquitlam man handed over a large black garbage bag to a 50-year-old Ontario man in an Langley hotel parking lot.

Police arrested the Ontario man that day, and found 17.5 pounds of packaged pot in a garbage bag, along with $121,590 inside the man’s semi-truck.

The Coquitlam man had a licence to grow medical marijuana at the time.

The investigation continued for some time, but charges on two accused people were eventually stayed in December of 2013.

However, the cash was not returned to the former suspects.

Two Langley RCMP constables, Mike Schnerch, the detachment’s asset forfeiture coordinator, and Eric Dykeman, then with the Langley Drug Section, submitted civil forfeiture paperwork for the cash.

In December last year, the province declared proceedings concluded, and the cash was officially forfeited.

The B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office is self-funded by successful forfeitures of the proceeds of crime. Any money left over goes to crime prevention programs by police and community groups.

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