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Plea bargain for alleged West Kelowna chop shop owner?

Global Okanagan

West Kelowna – It appears a plea-bargain deal is in the works for an Okanagan man accused of running a chop-shop that modified and sold stolen vehicles.

Police raided the West Kelowna premises of Cycle Logic in August 2012, seizing $750,000 in vehicles and machinery.

At the time, RCMP said Cycle Logic was used by members of the Hells Angels and other biker gangs.

Business owner John Edward Newcome is charged with 17 offenses.

Newcome’s trial was to start Monday morning but it was adjourned indefinitely.

His lawyer says he’s in discussions with the Crown and the matter will probably be resolved without the need for a trial.

Following the police raid, the District of West Kelowna cancelled the business license for Cycle Logic.

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And BC’s Civil Forfeiture Office recently filed a lawsuit seeking to confiscate the assets of Cycle Logic alleging they are the proceeds of crime.