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Man caught twice by police with cannabis & cocaine pleads guilty

To be sentenced June 6, 2012!
deCastro will be sentenced on June 6, 2012, when he makes another appearance in the Magistrate's Court.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Arthur deCastro, who was found with cannabis and cocaine on two separate occasions last year, pleaded guilty to the offences when he appeared before Magistrate Tamia Richards last Friday, May 18, 2012.

deCastro pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of cannabis and one count of unlawful possession of cocaine. In light of his guilty pleas, the Crown dropped the resisting arrest charge against the defendant.

In rehashing the facts in court, Crown Counsel Herbert Potter stated that on May 24, 2011 around 11:45 a.m. two officers while patrolling Flemming Street in the vicinity of the barbershop saw a red Suzuki Jeep obstructing the flow of traffic.

As the officers approached the vehicle, they signaled the driver to stop by way of siren but deCastro, the alleged driver, sped off in the direction of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and at the junction of Long Bush road stopped the vehicle and began to run towards the BVI Electricity Corporation.

One of the officers pursued him on foot, and while running deCastro was observed holding a clear plastic bag in his right hand. He was apprehended soon after, but not before allegedly placing the bag in his mouth.

According to Crown Counsel Potter, the plastic bag contained three dime bags suspected to be cannabis and four dime bags of white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine.

When asked by officers for an explanation, the defendant replied, “That is not mine; it’s another fellow I give a ride it belonged to.”

deCastro’s vehicle was taken to the Road Town police station where a search was conducted in his presence and another plastic bag with vegetable matter was found. The find netted 2.8 grammes of cannabis and 0.9 grammes of cocaine.

Meanwhile, on December 20, 2011 around 8:12 p.m., officers observed a red jeep parked along Joe’s Hill and saw the defendant nearby acting in a suspicious manner.

The court heard deCastro was asked if he had anything illegal on his person and he allegedly replied no. And while nothing was found on him, officers found a clear plastic bag containing nine dime bags of vegetable substance under the driver’s seat.

Confronted with the evidence, deCastro allegedly told officers “I wanted to tell you I had a little weed, but I thought you just wanted my driver’s license.”

The cannabis weighed 7.6 grammes.

He is represented by Herbert McKenzie and will be sentenced on June 6, 2012.

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