Martha’s Vineyard police assist with Cape-wide drug bust

Police from three Martha’s Vineyard departments were waiting Thursday at Oak Bluffs Harbor for the early morning Patriot ferry to arrive with work crews from the mainland.

A team of officers from the State Police, Oak Bluffs police, and Tisbury police arrested Kenneth Mills, 41, of East Falmouth when he stepped off the boat. He was charged with conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act, according to a press release issued by the office of Cape and Islands district attorney Michael O’Keefe.

On Thursday, March 31, police from local, state and federal agencies executed arrest warrants on state and federal charges of narcotics violations for 27 people in communities across the Cape. The arrests followed a longterm, multi-agency narcotics investigation into a large scale drug trafficking organization based on Cape Cod, the district attorney’s office said.

“This multi-agency effort will not eliminate cocaine and heroin from the Cape or Southeastern Mass,” Mr. O’Keefe said in a press release. “But it will disrupt its distribution and send a signal to those who would put these drugs into our communities that we will find, arrest, and prosecute you.”

Police said there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Mills, who is a construction worker here, was involved in selling drugs on the Island.