Suspects face charges of intent to distribute after police find crack cocaine on woman's purse

Three people faced charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession near a school zone and obstructing officers during Recorder's Court Friday after they were arrested Thursday.

Officers told the court that at about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday they saw Monte Pace, 34, Marco Brookins, 41, and Kimberly Walker, 40, riding together in Walker's car near Hedge Street and Calvin Avenue. While speaking to Pace and Williams, officers discovered Brookins was driving while his license was suspected.

After officers searched the car, they allegedly found a clear plastic bag with about 30 grams of crack cocaine on top of Walker's purse. The crack cocaine was divided into smaller portions within the larger bag.

Walker and Brookins were both charged with two counts of possession of Schedule III substance with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance near a school. Brookins was given an additional charge of driving with a suspended license.

Not long before officers began questioning Brookins and Walker, Pace had gone inside his residence. Officers told the court that while questioning Pace, he told officers he saw them find the crack cocaine and named where it was. He was charged with two counts of possessing Schedule 3 substances with intent to distribute, possession of controlled substances near a school and obstructing officers.

Pace told the court during the hearing that he felt the arresting officers had something against him, as he allegedly has been stopped by those officers several times before. He also said he was not aware there were any drugs in the car.

"None of the drugs were mine," Pace said. "They told me I was just getting a ride home. I don't even know why I am here."

Walker also said the crack cocaine did not belong to her. She told the court she never saw anyone place the drugs on top of her purse.

Pace and Walker were both given $10,000 bond. Brookins was given bond at $20,000.