34. Every inspector of plant life is responsible for the custody of a thing he has seized until it is confiscated or until a judge orders it returned to the person from whom it was seized or the person who claims title to it. In addition, he is entrusted with the custody of the things seized and submitted in evidence, unless the judge to whom they were submitted in evidence decides otherwise.
However, in the case of a person resident in Québec, an inspector of plant life who seizes a vehicle, aircraft or boat shall, after making any appropriate expertise, entrust it to the custody of the person from whom it was seized or the person who claims to have title to it; the person is bound to accept its custody until a judge has declared it confiscated or ordered it returned to the person from whom it was seized or the person who claims title to it.
The person to whose custody a vehicle, aircraft or boat seized by an inspector of plant life is entrusted shall not remove, deteriorate or alienate the thing under pain of a fine equal to the value of the thing seized.
1989, c. 37, s. 34; 1992, c. 61, s. 296; 1997, c. 11, s. 1.