Government goes after Abbotsford home where grow-op was found

A civil forfeiture claim has been filed against an Abbotsford man who was charged last month with two others for allegedly running a marijuana grow-op out of his home on Harmony Court.

A civil forfeiture claim has been filed against an Abbotsford man who was charged last month with two others for allegedly running a marijuana grow-op out of his home on Harmony Court.

Dan Nhat Thu Ho, 42, was scheduled to make his first appearance Thursday in Abbotsford provincial court on charges of production of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and fraudulently consuming electricity or gas.

Also charged with the same offences was Dan Truc Minh Ho, 20, and Van Trieu Nguyen, 47.

The civil forfeiture claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court lists the older Ho as the owner of the property at 31625 Harmony and states he purchased it in January 2007.

Police executed a search warrant on the property on May 9, 2011, and found 240 marijuana plants in the “vegetative state of growth,” a hydro bypass, and other paraphernalia used for drug production and trafficking, according to the court documents.

The claim suggests that Ho profited from the proceeds of criminal activity.

“… the production and trafficking in controlled substances was a major source of income for the defendant,” the documents allege.

The B.C. Civil Forfeiture Act was passed in 2006, permitting the provincial government to apply to court to obtain property that was obtained through criminal activity.

If a judge decides a property must be forfeited, it can then be sold and the proceeds used by the government for victim compensation, crime prevention activities, crime remediation activities, and administration of the act.