Reputed gang leader Jamie Bacon loses appeal

Jamie Bacon, one of the well-known Abbotsford, B.C., brothers and reputed gang leaders, has lost his appeal of a conviction on weapons charges.

One of the members of B.C.’s notorious Bacon family has lost his appeal of a weapons conviction.

The B.C. Court of Appeal has dismissed Jamie Bacon's claim that his rights were violated when evidence of a weapons seizure was admitted at his lower court trial.

The 26-year-old Abbotsford, B.C., native and his two brothers have been linked by police to the leadership of the Red Scorpions gang. His lawyer had argued officers did not have a warrant when they searched an SUV after he had been shot outside his Abbotsford home in April 2007.

Several guns were found in a secret compartment in the SUV and Bacon was sentenced to seven years in prison on the weapons counts.

He is also awaiting trial on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the so-called Surrey Six slayings in which four alleged gang members and two innocent bystanders were killed in a Metro Vancouver apartment in October 2007.

Bacon's elder brother, Jarrod, is serving a 12-year-sentence after being convicted in May on drug trafficking charges, while his eldest brother, Jonathan, was shot to death in a gang hit in Kelowna last summer.