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REPORTING · 6th January 2011
Merv Ritchie
Sentencing deliberations began this morning, January 6, 2010, in Court Room number 1 at the Terrace Court house. The preliminary hearings were cut short earlier after an RCMP officer had delivered evidence under cross examination. Frederick Mowatt and his Lawyer determined he should plead guilty as a trial would take up public resources and the evidence was insurmountable. He would in all likelihood be found guilty at the end anyways. This decision probably saved Mowatt at least a year if not two or more years behind bars in a federal penitentiary.

Eight RCMP officers, including Inspector Stubbs, were in attendance to observe the sentencing hearing and after the Court adjourned they expressed how happy they were with the final outcome. After Mowatts guilty plea, his Council and the Federal Prosecutors, Chris Greenwood with Alexandra Rice, worked out a joint statement and agreement for the Judge. The statement detailed the evidence of the distribution network; the supply by Jason Snider, the distribution by Mowatts family members including his son Dakota, the stash houses, the money, the collections and the score sheet detailing the people involved holding drugs and owing money. The Joint statement also detailed exactly what the Judge should consider for his ruling.

Mowatt will serve another 3 years and 2 months behind bars as he has already been in custody for 10 months. He has been ordered to produce a DNA sample and is now forbidden, for life, to possess a firearm. All the guns recovered during the search of his property, at least 4, have been seized as well as $7,460 in cash and the various drugs taken during the search execution.

As the statement stated, Mowatt ran and directed a cocaine warehouse and distribution facility. The Crown Lawyer called it sophisticated where the Defense claimed it was more amateurish pointing to the sloppy handling of materials and even the score sheet that listed the names of the participants. The description of the trafficking arrangements was at times humorous. The RCMP were monitoring the telephone, cell phone and texting services of various residents and had undercover operatives working the market.

Many names of locals were used during the reading of the agreed statement of facts and we do not have the correct spelling of many, therefore the following may not be the exact renditions of the names. In one drug seizure, Jason Snider and Harry MacDonald were involved in a $10,000 transaction which began at 4717 Staume Avenue. The RCMP followed the transaction to the Spirit Night Club where they seized “9 decks of Cocaine” from a black Dodge. After this bust someone called Mowatt and he then called Ellen New to see if she had heard anything as she had been monitoring police communications. In another affair an undercover agent went to Elisa Watts residence to purchase Cocaine and she asked if he was Bronson’s buddy, referring to Bronson Nadeau. When he said yes she proceeded to attempt to give the officer money stating the Bronson was coming to “reload her”. Tamara, who was also in the residence talking to Mowatt on the phone asked why he didn’t just come by as “She has your money”.

Gary Alexcee, a Prince Rupert resident, had been finishing work on his fishboat when he called/texted for an ounce of cocaine. After the police arrested Alexcee he called Mowatt and then Mowatt called his son, Dakota and Bronson. Later Billy Joe Mowatt told him they just got back from picking Pine Mushrooms and they got 40 pounds. The RCMP recognize this as code for taking delivery of 40 ounces of Cocaine which they confirmed by executing another search and seizing 35 of the 40 ounces, a value of approximately $50,000. It appears from the evidence detailed in court that it was this that led up to the search warrant execution on Freddy Mowatts property on September 26, 2009. the original press release from September 2009 HERE. The formal charges were made in March of 2010 and the RCMP News Release along with pictures of the drugs seized can be read HERE.

The raid by the RCMP on Mowatts property on Dobbie Street in Thornhill became public knowledge almost immediately as the Annual Riders Toy Run was underway and the route passed directly in front of Mowatts home, which at that time was filled with Police cars. The gathering that followed in the Northern Motor Inn was rife with laughter and good cheer as those who knew Mowatts line of work spread the news.

The Police found the score sheets detailing the distribution information, coke on the bedroom headboard, scales with coke residue, an ammunition clip for a hand gun, a 300 Winchester, a 12 gauge, $1,200 cash in one location, another $4,680 under the mattress and another $1,580 they took off of Billy Joe Mowatt. While looking through the paperwork at Mowatts home they discovered a list of nine names he was working through in an attempt to discover who the informants were.

Others were implicated in the receipt of or supply of stolen property. A shipment of clothing destined for Marks Work Warehouse was stolen from the shipping company by their employee. Paul Sampson had called Mowatt to tell him they know about the jackets and Mowatt claimed he never stole anything. It was this evidence that lessened the charges to possession of stolen property. Gary Stevens was observed taking armloads of clothing out of his truck after visiting Mowatt and then receiving a call from Mowatt asking “Do the clothes fit the girls?”

The Crown lawyer described Mowatts operation as “mid-level ounce dealing”, stating he got others to do the “dirty work”. Mowatt, he claimed, supplied Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and the surrounding communities. The Defense Lawyer made the claim Mowatt was a victim of an unfortunate childhood upbringing and was helping his family out of the circumstances he endured. He stated Mowatt was committed to attending an aboriginal treatment program, which would be available in prison. He added at the end of his submissions that stealing was not a part of Mowatts ongoing criminal activity.

The Judge commented how he saw this as not sophisticated but a very serious agreement for wholesale distribution of Cocaine to Terrace and the surrounding communities. He also reflected on Mowatts past record, one conviction in 2003 for conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance. He stated it was clearly a commercial enterprise involving a good number of family members who were willing participants that Mowatt organized. He gave Mowatt credit for the “attempt to give his family better than what he had, but he involved his family”.

The Judge accepted the joint submission recommendation that the sentence be four years for the first count; conspiracy to traffic cocaine. On the third count, possession of stolen property, he received the one year to run concurrent with the first count. The second count was the possession of the various other drugs which were seized as forfeiture. The RCMP may use these drugs as evidence in other cases. The Judge added that he was inclined to impose a stiffer sentence of 5 years or more but as both lawyers followed the rules, that they provided examples of similar cases with similar sentences, and that they had discussions he was not privy to which may have included more details, he felt obliged to accept their recommendations.
c. sandecki
Comment by Sheldon Davidson on 13th January 2011
In other words you are saying those who are excluded from being ‘locked up’ generally do not victimize their patrons.

I would disagree due to the fact that I’ve personally seen alcohol be the most detrimental drug to people around me and those who sell alcohol are not ‘locked up’ as you say. I don’t believe those people should be locked up either. They are very nice people as far as I can tell except that their product does have its victims but it is no fault of theirs. I am yet to see the workers of the BC Liquor store go out of their way to sell booze with malicious intent.

Everyone makes their own choices. Those who are at the worst of their addiction won’t honestly be able to lay all the blame on those who sold the drugs.

If you try to tell me “well that’s why we have an 19+ law for alcohol so our children cannot buy it” then you need to get your head out of the sand and see that teenagers do not care that they are under age and they buy booze anyways.

Sadly you have missed the whole point of my response which was to say that it does not matter what kind of crazy laws are made; drugs will still be sold to those who want them. Making more laws and stricter sentences will only drive the price up and help benefit those who are at the top of the drug game.

Your bleeding heart “won’t somebody think of the children” response only serves prohibitionist propaganda and does nothing to help anything.

"Prohibition has made nothing but trouble."
Al Capone
terrace bust
Comment by ben on 11th January 2011
now that the 'crack' down is happening, how about doing something with the 'operators' in the Nass Valley, and other surrounding aboriginal communities...
Victimless crimes?
Comment by c. sandecki on 11th January 2011
"if cocaine were legal it is unquestionably better than what is currently happening with the prison system costing tax payers millions for what are essentially victimless crimes," Sheldon writes.
What makes you say drug dealers locked up in prison are there for "victimless crimes"?
Everyone supplied with drugs by a locked up drug dealer is a victim. Ask the parents of the kids they hooked on drugs.
Comment by TK on 9th January 2011
Freddy became such a nightmare for so many parents. Probably many parents in his age bracket. Why? One thing this court case cannot cover or charge him with is all the young girls lives he ruined because he hooked them on drugs and then eventually after he was done with them, hooked them out. Many of the girls are very close in age to his own daughter.
Yes there are many more waiting in the wings, some he himself groomed, like his brother in laws that were just teens when he ruined their lives too.
Comment by Sheldon Davidson on 9th January 2011
Which books and movies exactly do you think I watch and read, Alex? I'm just sticking to the well documented facts. Perhaps it is you, Alex, who need to
stop living in fairy tale land of Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood.

I am very sorry to burst your bubble but you are dead wrong in the statement "Get rid of them, get rid of the problem".

The title of my comment is supply and demand. Here's a little lesson in economics; where there is a demand there will be a supply.

Want to get to the root of the problem? Then target the demand. The day that no one wants cocaine is the day that there will be no one selling it. It's basic economics.

The fact is that people want to do cocaine. People have been using the cocoa leaf for thousands of years without problem. Cocoa leaf is still used to this day to help alleviate altitude sickness and to help with energy for long hikes in the Andes. It is still being produced as an anesthetic and used by doctors in Canadian hospitals. It was widely available at the turn of the century as a medicine available without a prescription and coca-cola started putting it in their drinks. Throughout this history of the cocoa plant up until that point there was never any reports of anyone fighting over, or being stabbed, shot or killed over the plant.

It wasn't until the government stepped in and banned all forms of the leaf did it start being associated with crime. Once it became illegal then smuggling became dangerous as was then associated with common criminals.

There are two real issues that need to be dealt with to solve this so called drug problem. The first one is ignorance. The solution is education. Once everyone is well educated on the issue of drugs then they will realize that a lot of what we are taught in the DARE classroom is simply untrue.

The second issue is the prohibition of drugs. Think about it for a minute: if drugs became legal then what? Then people who deal in drugs (Everyone from Mr Mowatt to the CIA) will no longer be able to make profit on the black market. The once criminals would then have to be forced to go legit, apply for a business license and follow the strict regulations of the quality of drugs that they are aloud to sell. The black market dealers would be undercut by the legit ones due to the price drop of the product.

The 'hard' drugs would be cleaner and therefore safer to do. Regulations would make sure that cuts like dog de-wormer which has made many people sick in the lower mainland a thing of the past. If the government regulations fail to ensure a clean product then the users of the product would grow and make it themselves.

Taxed drugs means better federal facilities. As much as I hate taxes it would mean more funding for schools or better medical plans.

There is one section of the government that would not benefit from the repeal of prohibition; the RCMP. Due to the Prison industrial complex the RCMP will fight tooth and nail to keep drugs illegal. After all, what would they all do for work if they couldn’t spend all their time busting all the big bad drug dealers? They would be out of a job. It’s Simple as that.

In all cases I do like to stick to the facts and these are the facts as I see them until proven otherwise. I don't know who you are, Alex, or how you know what my preference of media is but I would very like to see some referenced data disproving my points. If you do wish to know more about the drug war or prohibition in general please feel to contact me by email and I can suggest some very thick non-fiction books that are very educational in this subject.

I want to end this response with two things. First is that I absolutely do NOT advocate the use of any drug. Drugs can be extremely dangerous and can kill you. Some are more dangerous than others. While some of my writing here is speculation on what may happen if cocaine were legal it is unquestionably better than what is currently happening at the moment with the prison system costing tax payers millions for what are essentially victimless crimes.

The second is a quote written by Gus Van Sant and spoken by famous Author William S. Burroughs in "Drugstore Cowboy"

"Narcotics have been systematically scapegoated and demonized. The idea that anyone can use drugs and escape a horrible fate is an anathema to these idiots. I predict that in the near future, right wingers will use drug hysteria as a pretext to set up an international police apparatus." -1989
Supply and Demand
Comment by Sheldon Davidson on 8th January 2011
When the supply goes low from a bust like this the price goes up.

When the price goes up some one is willing to step into the place of the former dealer.

Prohibition of any substance has failed throughout history. The prohibition of cocaine has done nothing but caused people to turn into criminals. Cocaine itself would not make a man (or a woman) into a criminal if it were legal. It's just that simple.

I find it ironic that Canadian Allies (USA) has a faction of their government (the CIA) do the largest drug smuggling operations on the planet and get away with it without ever having much trouble doing so. This is very well documented and I dont feel the need to site references here as the evidence is undeniable. Please don't take my word on it; do your own research on it.

What then happens is the cocaine gets distributed to cities all across North America where people indirectly support whatever the CIA needs the money for, like torture devices, paid assassination hits and the like.

Meanwhile people like Mr Mowatt are going to prison (which, by the way, tax payers pay for) and have their for having what this newspaper calls a "cocaine warehouse". Busting people that low on the food chain is nothing more than a huge waste of resources. The thought of some guy in Thornhill having a 'cocaine warehouse' makes me laugh.

What people need to realize is that people like Mr Mowatt are not the ones making mass profit from selling cocaine.

In order to fund their agenda the CIA makes tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars per shipment of cocaine they bring in from South America. A Lockheed C-130 Hercules can have a weight payload of about 70 metric tonnes. You do the math.

If you're at all happy that Mr Mowatt is in prison then the fact that Canadas largest trading partner and neighbor is responsible for bringing cocaine into North America for their own profit must make you pretty mad.

(Ed Note: Please be aware it was not this paper that called it a warehouse or used these other terms, this is a report direct from the joint statement from the two legal teams, prosecution and defence, they were their terms. It was this paper however that chose to run a counter article to the report on the sentencing hearing, the piece on the 'Drug War'.

Our opinion is clear and similar to yours - Read - Drug Dealers, Cops and Lawyers Round Two -
Its about time.
Comment by Brin Fairworth on 7th January 2011
First off, GREAT job to everyone who was involved in bringing this lowlife down. Freddy, you really want to do good for your family? Get a real job. Maybe become a roll model for them. Having guns and drugs sitting around your home isn't the best environment for a child if you ask me. Your wife seems like a sweet woman and shame on her for not leaving you and getting her family out of there. It angers me to see people like you out in society, you are now where you belong. I hope the next four years go by very slowly for you.