Drug bust nets cocaine and cash

Police said Gismar De Souza was carrying cocaine, cash and a scale at the time of his arrest. — Courtesy Oak Bluffs police

Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force Tuesday arrested Gismar De Souza, 31, on charges of trafficking in cocaine and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The arrest followed a brief investigation that included surveillance of a Colonial Reproductions work site on North Summer Street in Edgartown, where Mr. De Souza worked, and concluded with a motor vehicle stop, Oak Bluffs Police Lieutenant Tim Williamson told The Times.

Police found a small bag of cocaine under the driver’s seat of Mr. De Souza’s vehicle. A subsequent search turned up more cocaine and a scale. In total, police found 28 grams in individual packages and $3,277 in cash, Lieutenant Williamson said.

Mr. De Souza has lived and worked on the Island for some time but had a driver’s license out of Washington state, according to the police report.

Mr. De Souza, a Brazilian national living in Oak Bluffs, is currently being held in the Dukes County Jail under a detainer order from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation.

ICE previously issued a detainer for Mr. De Souza, following his arrest by Edgartown police on January 21, 2011, for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.