Drug Task Force arrest in Oak Bluffs leads to hefty heroin haul

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Jeffrey Sylvia, left, and William Bailey were arrested on drug charges on Tuesday July 28. Photo courtesy of Edgartown Police Department

Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force (MVDTF), led by Oak Bluffs Police Detective Jeffrey Labell and Edgartown Police Detective Michael Snowden, searched a rental house at 7 Arrowhead Lane in Oak Bluffs, where they seized 46 grams of heroin and arrested two Oak Bluffs men Tuesday on a wide variety of drug charges.

Jeffrey Sylvia, 27, is charged with heroin possession and trafficking, and possession of Percocet, Suboxone, and marijuana. He was also charged with operating in a Drug Free School Zone, because the house is within 300 feet of the Oak Bluffs School.

Police also arrested William Bailey, 33, who they described as “a known heroin addict,” for being present where heroin is kept.

Members of the Drug Task Force armed with a search warrant searched the house and found 46 grams of heroin, 3 Suboxone strips, crushed Percocet pills, approximately 1 ounce of marijuana, and $8,934 in cash, in a safe they said belonged to Jeffrey Sylvia. Numerous syringes and other drug paraphernalia were also found in the house, according to the police report.

The arrests were the result of a monthlong investigation.

“This was a good score for the good guys,” Detective Snowden told The Times. “We received information from informants and from citizens in the community,” he said.

Detective Snowden said that Mr. Sylvia has an extensive arrest record for drug violations, and that he personally has arrested Mr. Sylvia before for possession of heroin. Mr. Bailey also has previous arrests for heroin possession.

Mr. Sylvia is being held in the Dukes County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Mr. Bailey is in Dukes County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Detective Snowden said that the investigation remains open, and that police have been in contact with homeowner Christopher Cramton, who was not at the house when the arrests were made.