George Nooks arrested on drug charges
Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
Reggae crooner George Nooks has been arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, law enforcement sources have revealed.
Police sources say the 56-year-old entertainer was arrested in St Andrew yesterday after a plastic bag with a small quantity of white powdery substance, believed to be cocaine, was found in his 2016 Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle.
The God is Standing By hitmaker was charged with possession of cocaine and offered bail in the sum of $80,000. He is to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on May 17.
According to sources, he was taken to the Duhaney Park Police Station, where the plastic bag containing the white powdery susbstance was reportedly sealed and labelled "in his presence and view."
It's reported that Nooks' luxury vehicle was also taken to the station "for safekeeping."
Police sources say about 9 o'clock last evening a team from the Narcotics Division was conducting operations in the Duhaney Park area when they observed Nooks "acting in a suspicious manner with a brown paper bag in his hand as he walked towards a vehicle."
"As the detectives approached him, he opened the vehicle and threw the paper bag inside," sources told The Gleaner.
The vehicle was reportedly searched "in his presence and view" and the paper bag retrieved. Police sources say the bag was found to contain "a small transparent plastic bag with white powdery substance resembling cocaine."