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

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

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.