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Return of Seized Money & Things

When police discover money and / or property in the vicinity of drugs (such as in a residence) or used to transport drugs (such as in a car), that money and/or property is usually seized by police. The police will try to hold the money and/or property as part of their investigation until the Court determines whether they are related to the offence being charged or are needed for the Court trial or hearing.

The police usually try to hold the money and/or property for 90 days.  After that, the police and/or the Crown must apply to hold it for a longer period. These efforts by Police and/or Crown can be challenged, and when the challenge is successful, the money and/or property are returned.

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