After delivering his opening statement on the first day of trial for Jason William Brown and Terra Lynn George in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, Crown prosecutor Peter Eccles stayed the charges against George and announced that she would be the Crown's first witness.
After a brief break, Brown changed his plea to guilty for two of the five charges he faced -- the rest were stayed.
Brown and George were charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime and possessing a restricted firearm with ammunition. Brown faced an additional charge of possession of a firearm contrary to an order.
In the fall of 2009 Abbotsford police began investigating Brown's activities and set up surveillance of his Aldergrove home. On the evening of Nov. 12 police executed a search warrant on the house.
A safe was found bolted to the floor in the closet of the master bedroom. After removing the safe and prying it open, officers found two one-kilogram bricks of cocaine, two bags containing 26 grams of cocaine, 493 grams of crystal methamphetamine, $7,700 in Canadian currency, two boxes containing 91 rounds of 9-mm ammunition, a case with a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun inside and an eight-round magazine.
In the office, police found digital scales, a money counter, a video recorder and a monitor for exterior video cameras.
Investigators determined that Brown and George lived in the house after finding personal items and documents belonging to the pair.
Brown admitted to possessing cocaine and meth for the purpose of trafficking and possessing a restricted firearm and readily accessible ammunition.
Eccles said he plans to ask for a six- or seven-year prison sentence. There is a mandatory three-year sentence for the gun charge and Eccles said he wants that to run consecutive to the drug sentence.
"Crown and the Abbotsford Police Department are deeply concerned about handguns," Eccles said.
A sentencing date will be set next week.
Brown is also believed to be a former associate of the East End chapter of the Hells Angels.
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