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. Both men were arraigned March 15 in Edgartown District Court.
According to a statement of facts by Edgartown Det. Michael Snowden, the drug task force executed a search warrant on March 14 at 67 Skiffs Lane in West Tisbury to search for heroin and proceeds of heroin sales, with Mr. Depriest and Mr. Elgart the targets of a three-month investigation. Task force members allegedly found about 14 grams of “rock hard heroin” in the pocket of the pants Mr. Elgart was wearing. The police also found scales, money, several dozen baggies with corners missing and “other implements of drug distribution”, Detective Snowden wrote.
Judge H. Gregory Williams set bail at $15,000 for Mr. Elgart. Mr. Depriest posted $500 in bail. Both were ordered to remain drug-free with screens, and pretrial hearings were scheduled for March 22.