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article imageGrow-op house seized

By Brandigal (Donna)     Jan 19, 2007 in Crime
Under new law, Civil Remedies Act, now allows the government to seize the house, the assets and the
instruments of homes used in grow-ops.
The homes seized will be sold and the money will be given to crime victims.
The first home seized under this law was done yesterday in Toronto. The home was involved in a raid of 500 marijuana plants worth more than $500,000 a year and half ago.
The house was cleaned and fixed up by the homeowner who thought he would sell it. The government had other ideas.
The house is worth about $250,000 but because of what went on in the house and it still has some mold in it from the grow-op, the price will be considerably less.
They hope to get a message out to all that if "you engage in this kind of activity ... we'll take your property."
The owner did try to sell it, so the attorney general's office sped up the process to freeze the property so the owner could not sell it.
My one question is, is the owner still responsible for the mortgage on this home as well?
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