(BVI NEWS) – A man who allegedly tried to sell baking soda as cocaine to a Caucasian buyer has been brought before the Magistrate’s Court on drug charges.
Sea Cow’s Bay resident Verne Forbes, Jr is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled drug, and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to supply.
The court heard that the charges stem from two separate incidents.
It is alleged that during the first incident, Forbes was a passenger in a vehicle police pulled over during a routine stop-and-search operation in Port Purcell last December.
But, as law enforcers attempted their search, Forbes allegedly leapt from the vehicle and ran away.
“Search who? Ayo ain’t searching me,” Forbes allegedly said as he ran.
However, police managed to corner and capture the accused who allegedly dumped a plastic bag before getting caught.
It is said law enforces retrieved the bag, and it allegedly contained 11 grams of cocaine.
Forbes was arrested and charged but received police bail sometime after.
The second incident
It is alleged that on April 7 this year, police again nabbed the 23-year-old accused during what they suspected was a drug transaction.
It is reported that Forbes was seen at a well-known restaurant and bar in Road Town around 11:20pm.
The court heard that Forbes was then seen entering a nearby parking lot with a Caucasian male, and they appeared to be acting suspiciously.
The court was told that law enforcers covertly approached both men.
But, after being alerted by the presence of police, Forbes allegedly threw a ‘white object’ in nearby bushes.
Police reportedly retrieved the object, which was found to be three dime bags containing a white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine.
“Officer, it belongs to me,” Forbes allegedly admitted.
“It is baking soda. I broke and I was trying to make an easy $50 off this white dude,” he reportedly added.
Forbes was subsequently arrested and charged.
Accused man gets bail
During his court appearance this week, Forbes said he is an expecting father who was in financial distress. He then admitted that his distress led him to sample the drug for the first time.
“I was out of work for a whole month and I didn’t have a mind for myself at the time,” he told the court.
While empathizing with Forbes’ plight, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards offered him $40,000 signed bail.
“You’re going to get bail but you have to go to drug counselling,” Magistrate Richards told the accused.
He is scheduled to return to court on June 29.