A Boston pastor is facing charges after police say they recovered crack cocaine, prescription pills, and $20,000 worth of stolen items at his residence and at the church he owns.
Willie Wilkerson, a pastor of Mission Church at 266 Quincy St. in the city's Dorchester neighborhood, was arrested Tuesday on charges of trafficking and intent to distribute Class B and Class C drugs.
A search warrant was issued for Wilkerson, his home, the church and a Victoria's Kitchen food trailer he owns, police said. They found drugs hidden inside coffee makers and printers.
A family member said the church and food trailer were previously owned by Wilkerson's mother and denied the allegations.
“That’s crazy. That’s a lie,” Ivette Mitchell, Wilkerson’s niece said. “God is going to clear Willie from everything and everybody.”
Investigators found crack cocaine, fentanyl, oxycodone, Klonopin, Suboxone, as well as cutting agents and packaging materials, according to the district attorney's office.
Investigators also found more than $10,000 and a number of stolen items estimated to be worth about $20,000.
A judge at Roxbury Municipal Court ordered Wilkerson to be held without bail for 90 days as a result of violating his probation, and then held on $50,000 bail afterwards. It's unclear if he has an attorney.
Wilkerson is due back in court on June 1 for a probable cause hearing.
Boston police said more charges could be forthcoming.