Drug enforcer given bail after violent allegations

'I tally eight convictions related to violence and two related to weapons'

Five months ago, a drug enforcer with a record of violence and weapons convictions told a judge that his young son had a maturing influence on him, and that he was turning away from crime.

But the Crown alleges Trevor Taylor forced another drug dealer to hand over his truck, threatening him with an imitation gun tucked in his waistband.

A bail hearing was held for Taylor, who is charged with extortion, robbery and use of an imitation firearm.

Crown lawyer Alex Janse said a drug-dealing associate reported to police that "Trey," Taylor's nickname, forced him to hand over his truck.

The two were in contact because Taylor believed he was owed money before he was most recently put in jail, the Crown said.

Saying he'd be back with the truck in 24 hours, Taylor "showed where he had a pistol tucked into the front of his pants," Janse said. The Crown also said Taylor assaulted the dealer before taking the truck.

The complainant went to RCMP and the truck was later recovered in Kamloops without damage and with no items missing.

None of the allegations have been proved in court; Taylor has not stood trial on the charges.

The Crown asked for Taylor's detention while he awaits trial, now scheduled for B.C. Supreme Court.

Defence lawyer Don Campbell, who successfully obtained Taylor's release on a cash bail, said the Crown's case is weak because it depended on statements from "a self-admitted drug dealer" and there is no other corroborating evidence.

Taylor is also employed, the lawyer said.

Campbell also said there are questions whether the dealer who was allegedly robbed and extorted will show up as a witness at trial.

Judge Len Marchand released Taylor upon posting a $5,000 cash bond. Taylor is also bound by an evening curfew.

Janse said Taylor, 29, began breaking the law as a youth but there was a gap between 2002 and 2011 in his offending.

In the past two years, "I tally eight convictions related to violence and two related to weapons," she said.

Taylor has been charged with extortion in past, but pleaded guilty instead to obstruction of justice.

He pleaded guilty in May to uttering threats following an alleged home invasion late in 2011. He was already serving a jail time for drug offences when he was sentenced.

The sentencing judge in May gave Taylor no additional jail time, after his lawyer said he planned to move to the Coast to obtain work in auto detailing and that his seven-year-old son had a maturing effect on him.

In August, the Crown dropped charges of assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, unlawful confinement and robbery against Taylor partway through his trial.

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