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Former gang leader testifies in Surrey Six slayings

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Oct 21/07 - Surrey, BC - Police were taking their time investigating the scene of six dead bodies found in a Surrey apartment. (ROB KRUYT PHOTO)

Oct 21/07 - Surrey, BC - Police were taking their time investigating the scene of six dead bodies found in a Surrey apartment. (ROB KRUYT PHOTO)

The former leader of the Red Scorpions gang testified in court Tuesday Jamie Bacon had just been inducted into his gang months earlier before the shocking Surrey Six slayings went down in October 2007.

Quang Vinh Thang (Michael) Le told the B.C. Supreme Court he tried to put a stop to the dispute between Bacon — who became the co-leader of the Scorpions after his induction — and rival dealer Cory Lal before the murders took place.

Lal and five others, including two innocent bystanders, were fatally shot in what the Crown alleges were executions at the Balmoral Tower on Oct. 19.

He said the problem between Bacon and Lal began with “mostly s--- talking on both sides,” with Lal trying to convince one of Bacon’s men to work for him instead.

Le said Lal arranged a meeting with him, where it was agreed the latter would stop trash talking and Le would talk to Bacon in return.

But it was clear the problem wouldn’t stop when he spoke with Bacon one or two days later, he testified.

“Jamie said to me … that kid is a lil b---- … I’m gonna jack him, I’m gonna shoot that kid, he shouldn’t be in our town.”

Le said he first met Bacon in jail after a drug conviction.

After he got out, Bacon had a proposal for him. Le said he was “hesitant at first” to accept — because of Bacon’s reputation for robbing people — but later agreed at the advice of another gang member.

Bacon had proposed to sell cocaine supplied by Le’s Triad connections in exchange for $1,000 per kilogram of profit. He also ran a “crack shack” in Surrey’s Whalley neighbourhood where Le saw a share of the profits.

After the agreement, it was proposed Bacon’s crew would merge with the Scorpions — which Le saw as advantageous — in exchange for dealing with Bacon’s problem with the United Nations gang.

He described how after the groups merged in June to July 2007 Bacon and his men all got RS tattoos. Under the merger, Bacon ran his own side of RS — composed of 10 to 15 members — while Le remained the leader of the existing 30 to 40 original Red Scorpions.

The gang’s operations, at one point, expanded to reach Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Mission, Maple Ridge, Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford, court heard.

Bacon is being tried separately from his co-accused, Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston in the slayings.

Le was sentenced for his involvement in December to 12 years, but will only serve another three because of credit for time already served.




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