One of a trio of brothers linked to Vancouver’s bloody drug trade was convicted Thursday of weapons charges, marking the first substantial guilty verdict against any of the siblings since the nation’s attention turned toward the region’s escalating gang violence several years ago.
The conviction of James (Jamie) Bacon — paired with an acquittal for his brother Jarrod — represents a small but incremental victory against the drug running, shootings and assassinations that have plagued the Lower Mainland over the past few years.
James was found guilty of 10 gun-related charges and one charge of possessing oxycodone, charges prompted after rivals attempted an “execution” of him three years ago. His brother Jarrod was acquitted of the same weapons charges.
Court heard Bacon returned fire and the gun he used ended up in a sophisticated secret compartment in an SUV parked in the family’s garage.