Editor’s Note: Since this story was originally published the Director of Civil Forfeiture amended the claim to remove a reference to identification allegedly found during the search, and filed a discontinuance of proceedings against Anna Parillo, who had been named in the claim.
The provincial government is going to court to keep $160,000 and a large amount of drugs including three kilograms of cocaine seized from a Penticton house in 2022.
The Director of Civil Forfeiture filed the case in Victoria on July 27 against Davie Parillo claiming the money to be the proceeds of criminal activity, however, Parillo has not been charged, according to a search of court records.
The claim states that $163,380 in cash was found bundled in various denominations by elastic bands.
The cash and the drugs, including three one-kilo bricks of cocaine, were allegedly found in backpacks inside Pirillos’ Wiltse Drive home when RCMP raided it on Oct. 14, 2022.
The RCMP also allegedly found a radio jammer, which is illegal under the Radiocommunications Act, 21 ounces of psilocybin and a record of transactions including sales, collections and debts. The records were found in the same bedroom as the backpacks of cocaine and cash according to the claim.
The director has claimed that the money is allegedly from the proceeds of and used for unlawful activities, namely the trafficking of controlled substances.
Under the Civil Forfeiture Act, proof that cash, with a total value greater than $10,000, was found in proximity to a controlled substance and/or bundled or packaged in a manner not consistent with standard banking practices is proof, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, that the cash is proceeds of unlawful activity.
No response has yet been filed to the claim and none of the claims have been proven in court. There have been no criminal charges laid against Davie Parillo regarding this seizure, as of yet.
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