On June 23, 2016, a fire in a garage-style building led police to what was allegedly a clandestine drug lab. (Langley Advance Times files)

On June 23, 2016, a fire in a garage-style building led police to what was allegedly a clandestine drug lab. (Langley Advance Times files)

Province wants to seize Langley property connected to drug lab

The Office of Civil Forfeiture is targeting a property on Fraser Highway

The B.C. government has gone to court to seize a Langley property allegedly used as a clandestine drug lab.

On June 23, 2016, firefighters rushed to a building in the 23000 block of Fraser Highway where smoke was billowing from a building near the roadway.

Firefighters said they had found a marijuana grow operation inside – the site was registered for a 30-plant medical grow license – and a number of butane cylinders.

Now a lawsuit from the B.C. Office of Civil Forfeiture suggests there was a clandestine lab for making butane honey/hash oil at the site.

Langley RCMP returned the day after the fire with a search warrant, and found 2,678 grams of butane honey oil, 4,650 millilitres of cannabis weed oil in pre-filled package syringes, 505 grams of marijuana resin known as “shatter”, and 41 kilograms of marijuana, 10 100-pound butane canisters, and five 50-pound canisters of carbon dioxide, as well as sales orders for the CO2 in the name of the property’s owner.

“The real property has been the source of ongoing unlawful activity, including offences involving property, fraud, theft, violence, and controlled substances,” says the government’s statement of claim.

The statement of claim also alleges that the site was used for drug production and trafficking, laundering the proceeds of crime, and tax evasion.

“Some of the funds used to acquire and/or maintain the real property were proceeds of the unlawful activity and/or tax evasion in breach of the Income Trust Act,” the lawsuit says.

The land is owned by a numbered company, 0671262 B.C., of which Milan “Mike” Pocuca is the “sole director, officer, and controlling mind” according to the statement of claim.

None of the allegations in the statement of claim have been proven in court.

READ MORE: Langley crews at Thursday morning fire scene on Fraser Highway

There appear to have been no criminal charges against Pocuca as a result of the police investigation.

The province included not only the company and Pocuca in the civil forfeiture suit, but three of four mortgage holders on the land. The fourth mortgage holder, the Bank of Montreal, did not know of the unlawful activity, says the Office of Civil Forfeiture.

A.D. Logging Lt., Donna Lynn Ayres, and Greyfriars Mortgage were all included in the forfeiture proceedings.

Ayres has filed a notice saying she is an uninvolved interest holder in the property. A.D. Logging’s response says it has not participated in any unlawful activity and if there was any at the site, the logging firm “had no knowledge of those purposes.”

The building on the site was once located further to the east, in the 23600 block of Fraser Highway, where it was part of a two-building nightclub and restaurant, connected by a breezeway, known as the Horseman Roadhouse.

The main building of the Horseman burned to the ground shortly after a New Year’s Eve party concluded on the morning of Jan. 1, 2003. The fire was considered suspicious in nature.

The surviving building was later moved to its present location and renovated into what appeared to be a large detached garage.

According to the most recent BC Assessment, the six-acre property is worth about $1.8 million and, in addition to the garage, has a five-bedroom, three bathroom house.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CourtLangleyLangley RCMPRCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson (Office of the Chief Justice)
Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

Lawyer for province says Dr. Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders publicly

Okanagan high school girls volleyball players Georgia MacLean of Lake Country’s George Elliot Secondary (from left), Olivia Pederson of Vernon Christian School, Kassidy Schaper-Kotter of Vernon Secondary and Makenna Lane from W.L. Seaton Secondary have signed to play college volleyball with Abbotsford’s Columbia Bible College. (File photos)
Fraser Valley college inks quartet of Okanagan recruits

Columbia Bible College Bearcats in Abbotsford sign four players to women’s volleyball squad

Items seized by Chilliwack RCMP and Abbotsford Police during a Feb. 23 traffic stop. (RCMP photo)
Police from Chilliwack and Abbotsford seize drugs in traffic stop

Chilliwack RCMP worked with the Abbotsford PD to seize four kilograms of suspected fentanyl

(Black Press file photo)
Chilliwack RCMP looking for man who tried to grab boy near Robertson elementary school

A man in a parked minivan reached out the driver side window as a young boy passed by

Hope’s station house, moved from its original location along the railroad to 111 Old Hope Princeton Way. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

The City of Vancouver estimates there are 3,500 Canada geese in the city right now, and that number is growing. (Bruce Hogarth)
Help tame Vancouver’s Canada goose population by reporting nests: park officials

The city is asking residents to be on the lookout so staff can remove nests or addle eggs

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)
‘Disappointed and baffled’ B.C. housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

Photo: Surrey RCMP
Surrey RCMP arrests two boys, age 16, during dial-a-dope investigation in Whalley

Sergeant Elenore Sturko said one boy is ‘alleged to have been in possession of a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest’

A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)
Satisfied with life? It’s likely you’re healthier for it: UBC study

UBC psychologists have found those more satisfied with their life have a 26% reduced risk of dying

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Federal panel recommends 4-month gap between COVID vaccine doses due to limited supply

The recommendation applies to all COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in Canada

Emergency crews are on scene at Walnut Grove Secondary School after a report of a bomb threat at Walnut Grove Secondary School on March 3, 2021. The school was safely evacuated. (Shane MacKichan/Special to Langley Advance Times)
UPDATE: Bomb threat forces evacuation of Langley high school

Police asked the public to avoid 88th Avenue and Walnut Grove Drive

Most Read