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'I'm just the enforcer,' Jarrod Bacon told police agent
Jarrod Bacon referred to himself as "the enforcer" and his co-accused Wayne Scott as "the middle man" during an August 2009 meeting with an undercover police agent, according to wiretap evidence presented Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.
"I don't sell drugs. I'm just the enforcer," Bacon is heard telling police agent G.L., whose full name cannot be used due to a publication ban.
Bacon and Scott are on trial, each charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.
The meeting on Aug. 13, 2009 was held behind Scott's home on Devon Crescent in Abbotsford. Bacon and G.L. met to discuss arrangements for the transportation of up to 100 kilograms of cocaine from Mexico, where G.L. had connections with a supplier.
The pair agreed that Bacon and his funders would pay $30,000 for the first 10 kg of product, with plans to purchase another 10 kg a day until the supply was gone.
Bacon told G.L. that he would not be handling the drugs, referring to the fact that he was out on bail on weapons charges – of which he was later acquitted – and did not want any further trouble.
Bacon said a friend whom he had known all his life – and whom was fronting the cash for the deal – would handle the movement of the cocaine.
"My parents would disown me if they thought I was involved in some kind of deal," Bacon said.
However, in a taped conversation on Aug. 27 between Scott and G.L., when they met at the Maclure Road Mennonite Cemetery to discuss the arrangements, Scott said the Bacon parents – David and Susan – were aware of the drug scheme.
"They know all about this, too. They were sitting at the .... table," Scott said, referring to a meeting he had the previous day with Bacon.
Scott and G.L. discussed a trip to Italy that David and Susan had taken, despite both being on stress leave from their jobs.
"How can they afford to go to Italy?" G.L. said.
The bulk of the wiretap evidence presented in court was between G.L. and Scott, who met 20 years ago when they were both driving trucks for the same company.
Scott is also the father of Bacon's girlfriend, with whom he has a young child.
The recordings detailed that Bacon was supposed to ensure the $30,000 deposit was dropped off in the early evening of Aug. 27 at Scott's house. Scott would then meet G.L. at a warehouse on Maclure Road and exchange the cash for the first 10 kg of cocaine.
But the meeting was postponed until later that evening because Bacon was delayed in returning from the Vancouver PNE with his parents. G.L. told Scott that the suggested 10 p.m. meeting time was unacceptable.
"It's almost comical, because you know what 10 o'clock means to me? Pitch black and guns."
That meeting never transpired. Scott was driving by the warehouse before the scheduled time when he saw numerous police cars and officers on the scene.
Police had received a report of a break-in and burst into the warehouse but found no culprits, court was told. Scott and G.L. agreed to delay the meeting, and they spoke briefly the next day. It was G.L.'s last contact with either Bacon or Scott, he said.
The pair were arrested in November 2009, as part of an investigation headed by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. Bacon remains in prison, while Scott is out on bail.
Cross-examination of G.L. is slated to begin tomorrow.