A Boylston man was arraigned last week on drug charges and for failing to register as a sex offender.
Matthew Paul Tucci, 30, was arraigned Jan. 18 in Edgartown district court on Jan. 17 charges in Oak Bluffs of failing to register as a sex offender, possessing a class A drug (heroin), possessing to distribute a class A drug (heroin), possessing to distribute a class B drug (Clonazepam), and false/misuse of a liquor ID card or license. Judge H. Gregory Williams set bail at $15,000.
According to police reports filed in court, confidential sources had told police in September that Mr. Tucci was allegedly selling heroin near a coffee shop on the Island.
Police said a background check showed that Mr. Tucci had been found guilty on prior drug charges, was facing pending drug charges in Worcester district court, and had an active felony warrant in Virginia on possession of a schedule three drug or marijuana by a prisoner.
The police report said Mr. Tucci was also a registered level three sex offender with an address in Boylston.
Over the next few months, police said, confidential sources advised police that Mr. Tucci was allegedly selling heroin while staying at the Surfside Hotel, that he would allegedly meet customers by the Oak Bluffs Tabernacle and hide his drugs on the Camp Ground, and that he was allegedly selling drugs in bars in Oak Bluffs. The report said Oak Bluffs police were contacted in early January by a concerned employee at Season’s Eatery and Pub who said they observed Mr. Tucci allegedly pull baggies from his pocket that appeared to contain cocaine.
Police later stopped Mr. Tucci in a vehicle near where he was staying in Oak Bluffs, and arrested him for failing to register as a level three sex offender, saying that he had called the Oak Bluffs police department but he did not come to the police department to register in person, which he had been told to do and is required by the sex offender registry.
Police allegedly found a spoon with a white residue believed to be heroin in the car, and said that Mr. Tucci had the ID of another man in his person. Police allegedly found heroin and Clonazepam pills in the residence where he was staying, with drugs allegedly hidden in a plastic bag behind a metal decorative fish hanging on the wall. The report said there were 14 grams of heroin found, which has a street value of $6,200.
A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Feb. 7.