Man found guilty of drug and firearms offences

A Prince George man who was the subject of an RCMP surveillance operation was found guilty Monday of 14 drug- and firearms-related counts.

Ricky Allan Frederickson was arrested on June 1, 2017, a day after RCMP began to shadow him. He was seen driving around the city in a large SUV and meeting up with people and stopping at locations known to police while also periodically returning to his 400-block Gillette Street home.

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Police had also determined he was moving into an 800-block Johnson Street home, apparently because he had been evicted from the Gillette Street one due to the damage found in the suite.

Police moved in on Frederickson after they saw a woman stop at the Gillette Street home, leaving the door of her pickup truck open as she ran inside, to make what appeared to be a quick drug purchase.

When she was pulled over, RCMP found needles and a flap of heroin in a glasses case in her purse, making Frederickson valid for arrest on a count of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Frederickson, meanwhile, had gone to a 1900-block Maple Street home. He stayed there for two hours and upon leaving was arrested.

In the SUV, RCMP found a satchel containing large quantities of drugs, cash and Frederickson's wallet, along with a deconstructed taser, knives, a baton and a digital scale with drug residue on it. A lease agreement for the Johnson Street home with Frederickson's name on it, and keys to the home, were also found in the SUV.

In the master bedroom of the Johnson Street home, RCMP found a handful of firearms and a lock box that, upon being unlocked by one of the keys found in the SUV, was found to be holding more drugs.

Other than a bed, there was not much left in the Gillette Street home. However, RCMP did find ammunition and digital scales holding residue from a variety of drugs in various locations.

Drugs found include nearly 118 grams of methamphetamine, 58 grams of cocaine and 27 grams of heroin laced with fentanyl. Cash found in the satchel added up to more $11,885 plus $220 in counterfeit bills

The firearms found were a SKS 7.62-calibre semi-automatic rifle. a .22-calibre semi-automatic pistol, a 12-guage shotgun and a sawed-off shotgun with the serial number removed.

In finding Frederickson guilty, provincial court judge Cassandra Malfair noted that ammunition seized at both homes was capable of being fired from the guns. Documents with Frederickson's name on them, including a criminal record, were found in the Johnson Street home while there was no evidence that anyone else lived in either home, she also noted.

Much of defence counsel's case hinged on testimony from a friend of Frederickson's who claimed another man who died about two months after the arrest owned the guns and drugs. He was also the registered owner of the SUV.

However, Malfair found several inconsistencies in the woman's testimony leading her to conclude she had been coached on what to say. Even if she had believed the woman's testimony, Malfair said she still would have found Frederickson jointly possessed the weapons and, in the process, violated a lifetime prohibition against possessing firearms.

In all, he was found guilty of 11 offences related to the guns and of three counts of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Sentencing will occur at a later date.

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