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Prolific offender's latest charges support his legal label

Prolific-offender Ronald James has seven more charges — included weapons possession — adding to his label from police.

James, who lives between Nanaimo and Duncan, was remanded Aug. 6 on charges of possessing a weapon, possessing an imitation weapon, possessing drug paraphernalia, breaching his 'no go' zone of 10 kilometres from Duncan, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a knife outside of his home, and possession of a noxious spray, RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday's release reads.

James' next court date is Aug. 26.

He's been designated a prolific offender "by virtue of his propensity to continuously commit crime," Hobday explains.

"Originally charged with threatening to kill a 25-year-old women, after shooting her with a pellet gun on June 1 of this year, he was released on numerous conditions hoping to curb his criminal behaviour."

Apparently that didn't work.

"Mr. James now finds himself in custody awaiting his next court appearance for breaching seven of the 11 court-ordered conditions he was bound by," she says.

The Prolific Offender Management Team, and the Committee of Community Partners, are working to reduce crime in Cowichan by focussing on offenders who, through criminal activity, are causing the most harm to our community and to themselves, Hobday's release says.

The prolific-offender tag is based on criteria set out by B.C.'s Attorney General. Community agencies may offer prolific offenders services in hopes of helping them stop their criminal ways. Services span drug and/or alcohol programs, assistance to find suitable housing, job-skills training seminars, counselling and more.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are currently actively monitoring three prolific offenders.

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