Island man arrested bringing narcotics from New York

Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force arrested Theodore Bennett, 31, of Bennett Way in Edgartown Friday, following his arrival from New York City on a Steamship Authority ferry in Vineyard Haven with a “significant” amount of illegal prescription narcotics in his luggage.

Executing a search warrant issued by the Edgartown District Court earlier that day, police found 65 Percocet pills in a computer case Mr. Bennett was carrying when he walked off the ferry.

The task force has known for several months that Mr. Bennett was transporting illegal prescription narcotics from New York, according to the police report. The morning of February 14, task force members conducted surveillance of Mr. Bennett as he left New York City and travelled to Woods Hole, where he boarded the 7:15 ferry bound for Vineyard Haven with an 8 pm arrival.

Following his arrest, police took Mr. Bennett to the Tisbury Police Station for questioning. “We informed him that we have known for some time that he has been bringing Percocet pills to the Island,” Edgartown Detective Michael Snowden wrote in his report. “Bennett became very emotional, stating that his life was over and he was a disappointment to his family. Bennett continued to say that he was not some ‘big-time drug dealer,’ and that he was just trying to make a little money.”

Mr. Bennett told police he did not have a prescription for Percocet, a powerful combination of opiates and acetaminophen, intended for use to control moderate to severe pain.

Mr. Bennett is scheduled for arraignment in Edgartown District Court Monday on a charge of possession of prescription narcotics with intent to distribute. The arraignment was postponed while he seeks drug treatment, according to police.