Alleged B.C. drug trafficker Jarrod Bacon insisted under cross-examination by a Crown prosecutor Tuesday that he planned to steal cocaine not buy it, as he’s charged with conspiring to do.
Testifying in his own defence, Bacon told a B.C. Supreme Court judge in Vancouver Monday that he planned to rob 10 kilograms of cocaine from someone who was offering to sell him a total of 100 kilograms of the drug.
The dealer was actually a police agent, which Bacon did not know while they were negotiating the deal in 2009.
Bacon told the court that before his arrest, he was a drug addict himself and took steroids, snorted cocaine, and was “a slave” to the narcotic painkiller OxyContin.
He said he was under the influence of drugs all day, every day, and it was under those circumstances that he told the purported dealer he had millions of dollars to spend on cocaine, although he was secretly planning to steal it.
Bacon refused to answer Tuesday whether he intended to sell the drugs once he got them, telling the court several times that, “You never count your chickens until they're hatched.”
The 28-year-old Abbotsford, B.C., resident said was out on bail on weapons charges at the time he was trying to set up the drug ripoff.
Bacon admitted to the court he repeatedly violated his bail conditions, telling the judge he was a criminal, not a boy scout.
He said he frequently used a green marker board for secret conversations, since his bail conditions included not using a white marking board.
At one point during Tuesday’s testimony, Bacon made a reference to his line of work. The Crown asked what that was. He replied, "Muscle work. I beat people up. I make collections."
Bacon became visibly agitated when asked if his parents were involved, calling them sheltered, hard working people.
But the Crown suggested that at one point, he was using his green marker board to discuss drug plans when his parents were close by. Bacon said they were having dinner while he and his co-accused where elsewhere.
The Crown said they were in the same room, to which Bacon replied, “It's a big room.”
Bacon remains in custody while the case continues.