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DeCastro charged following alleged drug bust

Magistrate’s Court, John’s Hole, Tortola

Arthur DeCastro, who police allegedly saw participating in a drug deal, has been put on $40,000 bail.

The 61-year-old was granted bail when he appeared in the Magistrate’s Court last Friday, charged with possession of a controlled drug, and possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another.

Police allegedly found him with two illicit substances – 6.1 grams of cocaine, and 0.6 grams of marijuana.

Allegations are that, around 12:30am on February 5, members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force were conducting a surveillance operation of an area near Fish Lock Road in Road Town.

During the surveillance, law enforcers saw a person whom they knew.

The person reportedly walked into the area and had a conversation with DeCastro.

During the conversation, DeCastro allegedly passed a brown paper bag under a table to the other person.

The other person reportedly gave DeCastro what appeared to be money in exchange for the contents of the brown paper bag.

The police then swooped down on the scene and recovered the said paper bag from under the table.

The bag allegedly contained dime bags of cocaine as well as dime bags of marijuana.

“You ain’t find that on me,” DeCastro reportedly said to police. He was subsequently charged.

In court, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards ordered DeCastro to seek drug counselling.

He is slated to answer to the charges when he returns to court on June 23.

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