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Public safety minister 'frustrated' with gangster's early release

Last Updated Feb 28, 2018 at 1:48 pm PDT

FILE - Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Mike Farnworth says Jarrod Bacon's early release based on a technicality is "unacceptable"

BC minister upset a well-known gangster was let out of custody based on a typo

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – BC’s public safety minister is sharing his frustration following word gangster Jarrod Bacon made a successful parole appeal based on a technicality.

This all relates to a bizarre situation where Bacon managed to have the removal of his parole appealed because he wasn’t actually supposed to be out on parole at the time when he was caught drinking a Quebec strip club in the company of another man who is well known to police.

Minister Mike Farnworth says he’ll be contacting the federal government to share his concern over how Bacon was wrongly let out in the first place. “It’s very, very frustrating and I am quite angry about it,” he tells NEWS 1130. “It’s just unacceptable.”

Farnworth goes on to say he has limited power to do anything directly. “Unfortunately, this is a federal corrections issue and it took place in Quebec, so it’s outside of British Columbia’s jurisdiction.”

Between the court win on a technicality, and the fact Bacon was wrongfully let out in the first place, Farnworth isn’t impressed. “I was very concerned about what took place. The idea that this individual gets to use a technicality that he should not have been on parole and therefore the whole thing was messed up, I just think it’s outrageous.”

NEWS 1130 has contacted the Parole Board of Canada to get further clarity on this situation and will bring you its response when we get it.

In 2012, Bacon was sentenced to 12 years minus time served after he was busted trying to sneak 100 kilograms of cocaine into BC. His total sentence amounted to just over nine years.

Bacon is the middle of three notorious brothers who are said to be involved in the Lower Mainland’s gang war about a decade ago. His younger brother, Jamie, was charged in connection to the 2007 Surrey Six killings and his older brother, Jonathan, was killed in a targeted shooting in Kelowna in 2011.