Province sells 2 Calgary drug houses
Two homes in the Calgary area used as marijuana grow-ops have been successfully seized under new provincial legislation.
One house in northwest Calgary and one in Cochrane, valued at $400,000 to $450,000 each, are being sold and some of the proceeds will go to victims' programs run by Alberta Justice, officials revealed on Monday.
But they also acknowledged there may be up to 1,000 homes in southern Alberta being used as grow-ops.
Under the Victims Restitution and Compensation Payment Act, passed last year, the province's Civil Forfeiture Office can apply to the court to seize property acquired through illegal means, or used to carry out illegal acts.
The Alberta government has seized $11.4 million worth of real estate, vehicles and cash linked to criminal activity across the province in the past year under the law.
To date, 64 vehicles used in the drug trade have also been seized. Court orders have allowed the sale of 33 vehicles with an estimated value of $170,000, according to the province.
Proceeds from the sales go back to identifiable victims, or organizations that offer victim support.
In one case, the victim of a fraudulent internet sale of a vehicle in Calgary is getting $54,000 back, said the province.
"Individuals who choose to victimize our communities need to be aware that if they use their home to produce drugs, they could lose their home. If they use their car to deliver drugs, they could lose their car. That's the essence of this law," said Alison Redford, Alberta's justice minister and attorney general, in a statement.
With files from Dave Gilson