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.

Task Force Arrests Oak Bluffs Man for Cocaine Trafficking

Gizmar DeSouza, 28, was arraigned Feb. 20 in Edgartown district court on charges on trafficking in a class B substance (cocaine) and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Police said he allegedly had 28 grams of cocaine in his possession.

Police Arrest Two for Prescription Drugs

Two Vineyard residents were arraigned on drug charges last week after a police investigation into the sale of prescription drugs.

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.

Tisbury Man Jailed For Heroin Distribution

A Vineyard Haven man was sentenced to at least three years in state prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to drug charges in Dukes County superior court.

Jeffrey T. Moore, 44, pleaded guilty to possessing to distribute a class A substance (heroin) and possessing to distribute a class B substance before Hon. Gary A. Nickerson, associate justice of the superior court. He was sentenced to three to three and a half years at Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction, a maximum security prison in Walpole. The sentence will start Sept. 4.

One Roommate Found Dead, Another Charged With Heroin Trafficking in Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs police have identified a 50-year-old Oak Bluffs man who was found dead in a Barnes Road residence Wednesday as James Christopher (Chris) Walker. The cause of death remains under investigation, police said. Mr. Walker's roommate has been charged with heroin trafficking.

Edgartown Police Arrest Idaho Man for Crystal Methamphetamine

In what was called a rare event on Martha’s Vineyard, an Idaho man was arrested Tuesday for possessing crystal methamphetamine.

Lance P. Ragsdale, 41, was arrested after Edgartown police and state police executed a search warrant for a Road to the Plains home, Edgartown Det. Sgt. Chris Dolby said.

Milton Man Arrested, Charged with Cocaine Trafficking

Drug task force officers arrested Fernando A. Jesurum, 26, after he arrived on the Island via ferry Tuesday night, Edgartown Det. Michael Snowden said in a statement of facts about the case. He was arraigned Thursday in Edgartown district court on charges of possession to distribute a class B drug (cocaine), subsequent offense and cocaine trafficking. Bail was set at $40,000 cash.

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.

Youth Task Force Takes Teen Pulse On Drug and Alcohol Use

Citing a community effort to counter teenage drinking, the Youth Task Force announced last week that a youth behavior survey shows a decrease in alcohol use by Island teens, though the rates are slightly higher than the national average.

But they also cited concern about a rise in marijuana use, saying that the legalization of marijuana has contributed to increased use by teenagers.

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