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Alleged drug dealer was selling products from his luxury car, civil forfeiture lawsuit says

B.C.’s director of civil forfeiture wants Kyle Robert Bird’s 2013 Jaguar XF, similar to the one shown above forfeited as an “instrument of illegal activity.” Vancouver Sun

RCMP officers were watching last April when Kyle Robert Bird allegedly made at least four drug deals while driving around Langley in his 2013 Jaguar XF.

They pulled the 32-year-old over on April 25 on 204 Street “after observing Mr. Bird engage in behaviour consistent with drug trafficking.”

Now the B.C. director of civil forfeiture wants Bird’s luxury car forfeited as an “instrument of illegal activity.”

Bird has not yet been criminally charged, though the director filed a lawsuit against him this month saying the Langley man was “arrested for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and trafficking.”

In the Jaguar, police found three cellphones, as well as keys to a residence and a Husky tool safe.

They seized the car and later executed a search warrant at Bird’s house, about 15 blocks away.

Inside the house, officers found 10 kilograms of MDMA or ecstasy, “separated into 10 bags, each weighing approximately one kilogram,” the director’s statement of claim says.

Officers also seized 839 OxyContin pills, 879 Xanax tablets, magic mushrooms, hash, some suspected cocaine buffing agent, drug packaging materials, scales, a cocaine press, more cellphones and a score sheet, the court document says.

And it says police found “Hells Angels support gear including sweaters, hats and shirts.”

Only Hells Angels members can wear clothing with the gang’s name printed on it or emblazoned with the infamous death head logo. But supporters can wear gear that has pro-HA messages like “Support 81,” “Support Red and White” or “Support Big Red Machine.”

Bird has not yet filed a response to the civil forfeiture lawsuit, which argues the Jaguar “is proceeds and an instrument of unlawful activity.”

“The vehicle has been used by Mr. Bird to engage in unlawful activities, which variously resulted in … or were likely to cause serious bodily harm,” the lawsuit says.

The government agency said Bird’s crimes consisted of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.

The RCMP investigation into Bird began in October 2018, the director said. Bird has no previous charges or conviction, according to the online court database.

The civil claim does not provide an estimate for the Jaguar’s value, but an online search shows similar 2013 Jaguars of the same model advertised for between $35,000 and $45,000.

But the director does say “some or all of the funds used to acquire and/or maintain the vehicle were proceeds of unlawful activity.”

Despite police seizing the Jaguar five months ago, personal property records indicate Bird recently got himself a brand new 2019 Jaguar F-Pace.

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