Jamie Bacon’s ‘true love’ died on day of court win
Kelowna resident Madison Fine made her way to Vancouver last week to be near boyfriend Jamie Bacon when the ruling came down throwing out his murder charge.
But the 25-year-old convicted drug trafficker never made it to the courthouse. Instead, she was found unresponsive in a Richmond hotel by Bacon’s mother Susan, dead of a suspected overdose.
Richmond RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang said he couldn’t comment on Fine’s death. Andy Watson of the B.C. Coroners Service said the agency is investigating and has not determined Fine’s cause of death.
“I cannot comment on anything specific like the cause of death — that information will come once the investigation is complete,” he wrote in an email.
Fine’s family did not respond to requests for comment, but her family recounted her short life in an obituary published Thursday, which referred to her as the “true love to Jamie.”
“It is with great sadness and heartfelt loss that we share with you the passing of our dear, sweet Maddie to an accidental overdose,” the obituary said.
“Maddie was the most headstrong, smart, creative, entrepreneurial (and maddening at times) daughter, who never accepted help. She always wanted to solve things herself. She had an uncanny ability to read a room and any situation. She always fought for the underdog and helped a larger community of people in need.”
Fine was also well-known to police. She was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking on both Oct. 1, 2012, and Jan. 23, 2013. She was sentenced to a year in jail.
In February 2014, she was arrested in downtown Kelowna and charged with trafficking heroin. During a subsequent strip search by Kelowna RCMP, bags of crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin fell out of her pants.
A provincial court judge later ruled the strip search had violated Fine’s charter rights because it was videotaped and could have been viewed by others in a monitoring room at the detachment.
When she died, she was still before the courts on charges of wilfully resisting a peace officer and impaired driving. She was to go to trial in Kelowna next summer.
Her family said Fine was an entrepreneur who, as a child, sold Avon products and delivered newspapers, and who loved animals.
“Maddie spent her last few years loving Jamie, sharing the laughs and travelling the world, making sure she did as much as she could while she was here,” the obituary said.
Police believe Fine continued to be active in the drug trade in recent years, running dial-a-dope lines in various B.C. locations.
Indeed, Postmedia News has learned that conflicts she had with some of Bacon’s former Red Scorpion associates contributed to the gang splintering into rival groups.
One of those groups is linked to a Langley farmhouse where police recently found firearms, explosives, bulletproof vests and marijuana plants along with stolen property.
Vancouver police Supt. Mike Porteous said Wednesday the farm, in the 4000 block of 240th Street, was likely used as a staging site for gangsters to get their firearms and prepare for shootings.
Seven people were arrested when police moved in on Nov. 13, but were later released pending investigation and approval of charges.
Bacon, who faced charges in connection to the 2007 Surrey Six murders until last week, is expected to apply for bail on one remaining charge.
He is due back in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday on a charge of counselling someone to commit murder for a botched 2008 shooting of a former associate.
If he gets released, it will be to a different gang landscape than the one that existed when he was arrested for murder in April 2009. But the Red Scorpion gang he joined about a decade ago is still active and involved in some of the same violence that sent Bacon to jail.
“The Red Scorpions got embroiled, as we all know, in this unbelievably chaotic and violent gang landscape that manifested itself in dozens of murders going back over a decade,” Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton, of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, said this week.
Some of the original gang conflicts from the late 2000s “continue to this day,” he said.
The two men who founded the Scorpions in a youth detention centre in 2005 are no longer involved. Mike Le pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the Surrey Six case. He served his sentence and has been released. Co-founder Konaam Shirzad was shot to death in Kamloops in September.
But the Red Scorpions have survived by recruiting and through strategic alliances like becoming part of the Wolf Pack, an international crime group made up of some Red Scorpions, some Hells Angels and some members of the Independent Soldiers gang, Houghton said.
“They are still very active, not only throughout the Lower Mainland, but also throughout the Okanagan,” Houghton said.
Kelowna resident Madison Fine, 25, died of a suspected overdose at a Richmond hotel Dec. 1.
Fine, the girlfriend of Red Scorpion Jamie Bacon, was once sentenced to a year in jail for drug trafficking.