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Wanted B.C. man back from Mexico, now in jail

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver-area man wanted by police for allegedly playing a role in the deaths of two associates of the notorious Bacon brothers is behind bars in British Columbia after his arrest in Mexico.

Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says Cory Vallee was arrested in Guadalajara, Mexico, last Wednesday, escorted back to B.C., and appeared in court on Monday where he was remanded in custody.

The RCMP announced in 2011 that Vallee had been charged with conspiracy to murder the Bacons and their associates and with first-degree murder for the deaths of Jonathan Barber and Kevin LeClair.

Barber was killed in hail of gunfire in May 2008 as he drove a vehicle owned by one of the Bacon brothers through Burnaby, B.C., and LeClair died the following February during a daytime shooting at a shopping centre in the small Fraser Valley community of Walnut Grove.

Jamie Bacon is in jail awaiting trial on murder and conspiracy charges, while brother Jarrod is in prison for his part in a drug conspiracy. Jonathan Bacon was gunned down in Kelowna in August 2011.

Pound says Vallee is expected to make his next court appearance on Thursday.

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