Heroin Use, Overdoses Seen on the Rise Here

Island police and members of the drug treatment community agree that heroin use on the Island is on the rise, along with fatal drug overdoses.

Drug Arrests Top End of Summer Sweep

Island police ended the summer with several drug arrests and investigations, including three men charged with drug trafficking and the discovery of 20 marijuana plants in Aquinnah.

As part of an ongoing prescription drugs investigation, members of the Martha’s Vineyard Task Force Tuesday arrested three men who allegedly came to the Island to sell prescription drugs.

Drug Task Force Arrests Two Men in Connection with Heroin Distribution

Two Martha’s Vineyard men are facing drug charges after a Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force investigation into heroin distribution. Roan W. Elgart, 37, of West Tisbury, was arraigned on charges of possessing to distribute a class A drug (heroin), possessing to distribute a class E drug (Clonazepam), conspiracy to violate drug law, and possessing to distribute a class D drug (marijuana). Luke Depriest, 33, of Oak Bluffs, was charged with being present where heroin is kept and conspiracy to violate drug law.

Heroin Arrest Points to Lucrative Island Market

The Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force arrested two Brockton men Wednesday on charges relating to heroin distribution, with police saying the Island is a lucrative market for the drug. Jason Lewis, 32, and Corey Waters, 32, were arraigned Thursday morning in Edgartown district court. Mr. Lewis was charged with possession with intent to distribute a class A drug (heroin) and conspiracy to violate drug law, and bail was set at $7,500, Edgartown Det. Michael Snowden said. Mr.

Task Force Investigations Lead to Arrests; Four People Charged with Drug Offenses

Three separate police investigations have led to several major drug arrests, the Martha's Vineyard Drug Task Force announced this week.

An Oak Bluffs man was arrested Sunday at the Stop & Shop in Vineyard Haven, while two separate incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday led to the arrest of three others. All have been charged with various drug-related crimes.

Maine Man Charged With Selling Cocaine

Oak Bluffs police on Saturday arrested a Maine man for allegedly selling cocaine at downtown bars over the past few weeks. Oak Bluffs officers assigned to the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force learned that Darren Bennett, 26, was selling cocaine at various downtown bars and prepared a search warrant based on their investigation.

Fracas in Courtroom Follows Heroin Bust

Six people — three from the same Vineyard Haven family — were arrested on felony drug charges earlier this week following one of the largest heroin busts in Island history.

Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task force executed a search warrant at the Garde home on Spring street in Vineyard Haven just after 6 p.m. Tuesday and seized nearly $70,000 in heroin, cash and other drugs. Officers arrested three members of the Garde family and three other suspects for alledgedly running a drug operation out of the home.

Drug Suspects Arrested at Ferry

Two men were arrested on felony drug charges Tuesday as they were stepping off the ferry in Vineyard Haven.

The Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force, working in conjunction with the Tisbury and Massachusetts State Police, arrested Jose Luis Arais, 21, of Jamaica Plain, and Wilken Ariaz Baez, 27. Both men were charged with trafficking class A heroin, trafficking class B cocaine and conspiracy.

Mr. Baez initially provided a false identification to police; police learned his true identity after running his fingerprints through the FBI database.

Task Force Seizes Drugs, Arrests Five in Oak Bluffs

By JIM HICKEY

The Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force and Oak Bluffs police arrested five people last week on a series of drug charges, including heroin and cocaine trafficking.

On Tuesday the task force executed a search warrant at a house on Lyme street in Oak Bluffs following a nearly four-month investigation. Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, Massachusetts state police and members of the drug task force assisted with the investigation and arrests.

Heroin Bust Nets Two Suspected Dealers

Two men were arrested on felony drug charges on Tuesday as they were stepping off the ferry in Vineyard Haven, the latest in a series of major drug busts over the past year involving suspects either caught selling drugs here or trying to bring large amounts of heroin to the Vineyard.

The Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force, working in conjunction with the Tisbury and Massachusetts State Police, arrested Jose Luis Arias, 29, of Jamaica Plain, and Wilken Ariaz-Baez, 24, at about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday soon after they arrived on the boat and climbed into a taxicab.

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