Drug task force nabs tow truck driver on heroin charges


Christopher Magee, 50, of Vineyard Haven will be summonsed to court to face charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, following his detention and search after he drove off a Steamship Authority ferry in his tow truck late Wednesday afternoon, January 8.

Acting on information from a reliable informant, members of the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force had determined that Mr. Magee was a user and “would be traveling off-Island and returning with heroin for distribution,” according to the police report.

Task force members stopped Mr. Magee as he drove off the ferry in Vineyard Haven. Although Mr. Magee at first denied possessing any illegal drugs, he was acting nervously, according to Oak Bluffs Detective Nicholas Curelli, who said he knows Mr. Magee in his capacity as a tow truck driver. Detective Sergeant Chris Dolby of Edgartown told Mr. Magee that police were also aware he was a heroin addict and were prepared to apply for a search warrant if Mr. Magee did not consent to a search. Mr. Magee then surrendered approximately seven grams of heroin to police.

Mr. Magee admitted to police that he and another man not named in the report were selling heroin on the Island to support their habits. Police also seized $1,540 in cash and drug paraphernalia from Mr. Magee’s truck.

Detective Curelli said he advised Mr. Magee “that due to his forthcoming attitude, lack of criminal record, and addiction problem,” he would be summonsed to face charges, not jailed.