Bail granted on cocaine, ganja charges

Police cite ‘proactive patrol stop’

A driver stopped by police on May 19 was granted bail on Tuesday following his appearance in Summary Court for charges that include possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

Few details were given when Derek Darnell Wilson Jr., 27, came before Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez. However, a press release, titled “Proactive patrol stop yields drug arrest on West Bay Road,” was issued by police on May 20.

It indicated that, on the evening of May 19, officers had observed a vehicle leave a parking lot on West Bay Road, near Lawrence Boulevard, and then proceed along the road in a suspicious manner. They stopped the vehicle, spoke with the driver (Wilson), and subsequently searched his person and vehicle.

“In the course of this search, a quantity of white powder resembling cocaine and vegetable matter resembling ganja were found,” the release stated.

Wilson was arrested and charged with possession of ganja, possession of cocaine with intent to supply and simple possession. He was also charged with consumption of ganja and cocaine.

The magistrate asked how much cocaine was involved, since no weight was specified in the charges.

Defense attorney John Furniss replied, “Sixteen packages.”

He applied for bail, suggesting that Wilson could surrender his passports and be required to wear an electronic monitor. He asked for two weeks in order to give him time to get the papers in the case and talk with the defendant.

Hearing that no monitors were available, the magistrate directed Wilson to report to the police station daily until one is available. He is also to stay at a specified address, provide a surety in the sum of $950, and surrender his Caymanian and American passports.

The matter was set for mention again on June 7.