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Wilkerson charged with possession of controlled substance

Police arrested Ulysses Keandre Wilkerson, 18, of Decatur, Wednesday on a charge of drug possession as well as outstanding warrants in Decatur.

Troy Police Chief Randall Barr said Wilkerson was the passenger in a car that was stopped for a traffic violation on Wiley Street.

Wilkerson’s name was run through the National Crime Information Center database and officers discovered that Wilkerson had two outstanding warrants in Decatur for third-degree theft of property and fourth-degree theft of property.

Decatur police said they would extradite and Wilkerson was taken into custody without incident.

While arresting Wilkerson, “officers located a pill bottle on Wilkerson’s person that contained a substance that field tested positive for the presence of amphetamines,” Barr said.

Wilkerson was transported to the Troy City Jail where he was processed and held until the warrant could be obtained for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Wilkerson was then transported to the Pike County Jail where he was booked on $1,500 bond. A hold was placed on Wilkerson for Decatur PD.

The possession of a controlled substance and third-degree theft of property charges are both Class D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. Fourth-degree theft of property is a Class A misdemeanor.

Wilkerson was previously the subject of an arrest as a juvenile in December 2017 that involved the physical use of force by a Troy police officer.

The arrest was turned over to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation and special prosecutors were brought in to present the case to a grand jury, which found there was not enough evidence of a criminal act to indict any Troy police officers on any charges.

Wilkerson’s family revealed his identity on social media and members of the community and activists demanded answers from the police department about the use of force, holding a rally outside the police department shortly after the incident.

Although no criminal charges were filed against police, Wilkerson’s attorneys say they are still working to bring a civil suit against the department.