Ten-Month DEA Investigation Leads to Arrest of Island Men

Two Island men were arrested this week in connection with a nearly 10-month investigation into a large-scale drug trafficking operation by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force. The arrests led to search warrants being issued in three different states.

Sean Herrmann, 31, was arrested by a federal drug enforcement task force at his residence in East Greenbush, N.Y. last Wednesday on federal charges of drug possession and distribution, DEA special agent Erin McKenzie-Mulvey said.

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Aerial Sweep Leads to Drug Charges; Court Hears Others

An aerial drug sweep of the Island this month by the Massachusetts State Police and federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) task force found 169 illegal marijuana plants. Authorities are still investigating who planted the crops and have yet to make any arrests or issue summonses.

“There will be charges, maybe this week,” said state police Sergeant Jeff Stone, also head of the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force. “But as of right now the investigation is ongoing.”

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Police Arrest Vineyard Man, Find Heroin Hidden in Truck

The Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force arrested an Island man on Monday as he was driving off the ferry in Vineyard Haven with 50 grams of uncut heroin hidden in the brake light of his pickup truck.

Police said the heroin has an estimated street value of $10,000.

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Police Charge Two in Heroin Trade

The Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force arrested two Island men Wednesday, Feb. 24, as they allegedly tried to transport a large amount of uncut heroin onto the Vineyard.

Andrew Morris, 24, of Oak Bluffs, and John C. Andriotis, 28, of Edgartown, were both arrested at the ferry terminal in Vineyard Haven, and charged with trafficking heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws. Mr. Andriotis was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and possession of a class B substance (cocaine).

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Hannah Garde is Held on New Drug Charges


The Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force arrested Hannah Garde, 24, of Vineyard Haven, on new drug charges last Wednesday after executing a search warrant at a home where she was staying on Fisherman’s Knot Road in Edgartown.

Police found drug paraphernalia and two grams of cocaine hidden on her person.

The warrant was issued as a result of an ongoing narcotics investigation stemming from neighbor complaints of drug activity at the home at 36 Fisherman’s Knot Road.

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