Minister Patterson’s Brother Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Trafficking in Grenada

Derrick Patterson being escorted to court

(DEMERARA WAVES) — Guyanese, Derrick Patterson, brother of Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, on Thursday pleaded guilty in a Grenada court to cocaine trafficking.

Appearing before Magistrate Tamera Gill, the Evaluation Supervisor admitted that he was in possession 2.325 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of 232,500 Eastern Caribbean dollars.

He was fined $75,000 Eastern Caribbean dollars forthwith or three years imprisonment.

Despite a stirring application by Attorney-at-Law, Darshan Ramdhanie for Patterson to be fined instead of jailed, the prosecution was of the view that he should face a custodial sentence. Ramdhanie told the court that his client is the chairman of his church’s fund-raising board.

The magistrate ordered the confiscation of US$1,900 that was found in his possession. Grenadian police on May 2, 2018 reportedly intercepted a vehicle in which Derrick Patterson was the driver. The vehicle was searched and the drugs were found inside of a plastic bag.

Derrick is the brother of Guyana’s Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson who has already stated that his sibling “must bear full responsibility for the consequences of his actions” and “neither I nor any other member of my family can take responsibility for his own, deliberate actions”. (