Drug deal leads to weapons arrest of Edgartown man


West Tisbury police last week arrested an Edgartown man on weapons charges following what police described as a “drug deal gone bad.”

Just before 3 am, Wednesday, July 25, West Tisbury police received a call from a person who said he met Paul X. Conroy, 25, on Otis Basset Road to buy drugs. The victim told Corp. Garrison Vieira that following a dispute Mr. Conroy pulled up his shirt to reveal a handgun, then drew the weapon, pointed it downward, and made threatening remarks.

“He did not have a license to carry a firearm, that’s the first thing we check,” West Tisbury Police Chief Dan Rossi told The Times.

Based on the victim’s statements, police sought and received a search warrant from Edgartown District Court, Chief Rossi said. The Martha’s Vineyard Tactical Response Team searched Mr. Conroy’s house at 9 Acorn Way in Edgartown Thursday morning and recovered the weapon.

“It was a pellet gun that looked very much like the service weapons we have,” Chief Rossi said.

Mr. Conroy was arrested at his house. He was arraigned later that day in Edgartown District Court on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. The court ordered him held on $5,000 bail.

In 2010, Mr. Conroy faced charges including assault with a dangerous weapon, driving under the influence of alcohol, and being present where heroin is kept. The court continued each of those cases without a finding for 18 months.