HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's Justice Department has made its first forfeiture under the province's proceeds of crime program.

 

The
vehicle of a driver convicted of multiple impaired driving offences has
been seized by the program, which has been operating since April.

 

Criminal
Code offences such as fraud, theft and impaired driving are now
investigated by the proceeds of crime unit and property can be seized
through a court order.

 

Justice Minister Ross Landry says the program is meant to deter crime.

The four-investigator unit is comprised of two RCMP officers and two municipal police officers.

Revenues
gained from the program will go into the overall Justice Department
budget and be invested in crime prevention and support for victims of
crime.