Oak Bluffs man arrested while on bail, faces heroin charges

Richard J. Morris, 55, of Oak Bluffs, was arrested on July 4, after Oak Bluffs police witnessed Mr. Morris in what they said appeared to be a meeting to purchase drugs. Police said they discovered six grams of heroin in the vehicle he was driving. He was arraigned in Edgartown District Court Tuesday, on a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Bail was set at $30,000.

Mr. Morris, who has an extensive criminal record on Martha’s Vineyard, was out on bail at the time of this week’s arrest. He faces heroin distribution charges, as well as stolen property charges, following his arrest in April. Bail was set at $20,000 during that court appearance.

On April 12, a team of Island police officers arrested Mr. Morris as he drove off the Island Home ferry at the Vineyard Haven Steamship Authority terminal. The arrest followed an investigation into heroin dealing and the theft of valuable copper wire from the NSTAR facility on Edgartown Vineyard-Haven Road.