April 6, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New legislation is now in force that gives the New Brunswick attorney general the authority to sell or dispose of property that has been seized, restrained or forfeited to the provincial government under the Criminal Code and the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Attorney General T.J. Burke and Public Safety Minister John W. Foran issued this reminder that the Management of Seized and Forfeited Property Act is now in effect.
"The responsibilities for seizure and forfeiture were previously carried out on a case-by-case basis by a court-appointed agent," said Burke. "But this approach proved to be challenging over time. The new act modernizes the process and brings New Brunswick in step with other jurisdictions across Canada."
A proceeds of crime trust fund has been established for the deposit of any funds recovered from the sale of forfeited property or liquid assets seized that are the proceeds of crime. A proceeds of crime strategic management committee has been established to advise the attorney general about the management and administration of the trust fund.
The committee consists of officials from the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Public Safety.
"It is important to note that proceeds of crime trust fund will be used strictly for crime prevention or law enforcement, victim restitution and the administration of criminal justice," said Foran. "The act supports the Charter for Change commitment to take action against organized crime and the drug trade."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Elaine Bell, communications, Office of the Attorney General, 506-453-6543; Lisa Harrity, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-3425.