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Gilbert guilty in $200,000 drugs verdict

Self-confessed addict: Dwayne Gilbert (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A self-confessed drug addict is behind bars today after being found unanimously guilty of possessing more than $200,000 worth of cocaine and heroin.

Dwayne Gilbert was remanded in custody by Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves after a jury convicted him of having the drugs but cleared him of possessing them with intent to supply.

The jury also found Gilbert unanimously guilty of possessing $11,000 cash representing the proceeds of crime and guilty of possessing a scale for use in the preparation of drugs by a majority verdict of nine to three. Gilbert was detained on August 12, 2014, after officers spotted him counting out large quantities of cash as he sat in his car in the Arnold’s car park in Pembroke.

Detectives from the drugs unit then descended on his Southampton home and discovered large quantities of cocaine, crack and heroin packaged in ziplock bags in his bedroom. The 53-year-old told jurors that he found the stash of drugs and money buried on the Railway Trail close to his house, and claimed that he intended to use all the drugs himself.

Jurors accepted his account and cleared him of three counts of possessing drugs with intent to supply and instead found him guilty of simple possession. Gilbert, who has a string of previous convictions for theft and possessing drugs, was remanded in custody pending sentencing.

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