Wednesday April 16, 2014

Former Kamloops gangster given statutory release

Vancouver Sun

Former Kamloops gangster Jayme Russell has been released on statutory release after serving two-thirds of a seven-year sentence for trafficking cocaine.

Russell, 32, was convicted after he sold cocaine to RCMP officers in a sting operation in 2009. He was on bail at the time for drug-trafficking offences committed two years before.

Kamloops RCMP considered him to be the leader of a local cell of the Independent Soldiers gang. He distinguished himself as a businesslike upper-level drug dealer, not a drug user.

Russell was acquitted of other charges, including attempted murder, because witnesses called by the Crown were unco-operative.

In ordering Russell's release, the Parole Board of Canada attached special conditions. He must provide documented financial information to his parole supervisor and must not associate with anyone known or suspected of being involved in criminal activity.

Russell is also forbidden from possessing more than one mobile communication device and must show his billing statements for the device.

Russell was granted day parole in July, a decision opposed by corrections staff partly because no halfway house would accept him. Nonetheless, he was quickly able to obtain employment, the board said. The parolee's case management team said he is engaged in his correctional plan, works well with them and has established positive family contacts.

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