Boston pastor arrested after drugs found at his church, police say

BOSTON (WHDH) - A Boston pastor was arrested Tuesday morning, and charged with drug trafficking and drug possession with intent to distribute, after police say they found drugs at his church.

Willie Wilkerson, 58, of Dorchester is accused of possessing 34 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of fentanyl, 50 Percocet pills, 87 Suboxone strips, 32 Clonopin pills and about $10,400 in cash.

Police said Wilkerson was taken into custody after Boston officers searched the Mission Church and Victoria’s Kitchen Food Trailer, located in the area of 266 Quincy Street, where Wilkerson is the pastor and owner.

Authorities said Wilkerson has served state and federal time for past drug offenses. He currently has an open larceny case.

“We ask that you find that the release of the defendant will seriously endanger the community,” prosecutor Katherine Sullivan said Wednesday while addressing a Roxbury Municipal Court judge.

Family members told 7News that he’s being set up by other relatives in a dispute over property.

“He’s a wonderful man. Everything is fabricated. It’s nonsense,” Ivette Mitchell said.

Police valued the items that were recovered at about $20,000.

Wilkerson was ordered held on $50,000 bail. He is due back in court in June.

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