Multi-state investigation by DEA reaches Edgartown
Agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and members of Island Drug Task force last week searched two Edgartown houses and seized drugs in connection with a far-reaching investigation focused on an Edgartown man now living near Albany, N.Y.
The main defendant in the case is Sean Herrmann, 31, of East Greenbush, N.Y., according to DEA special agent Erin Mulvey. On Wednesday, February 18, in New York, police arrested Mr. Herrmann on federal drug possession and distribution charges. Agent Mulvey said the arrest was part of an investigation involving multiple state and federal agencies.
State Police Sgt. Jeff Stone, who leads the Martha's Vineyard drug task force, said in June of 2008, DEA agents in New York began an investigation into the drug activities of Mr. Herrmann. Their work led to 10 search warrants, which were executed on February 18 and 19 in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Mr. Herrmann is the son of Edward and Elizabeth Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is the elected Register of Probate in Dukes County. Agent Mulvey said that neither Edward nor Elizabeth Herrmann is a target of the investigation.
On Thursday, February 19, a police task force that included DEA agents searched the Herrmann house, located at 10 Teaberry Lane and the home of Jonas Cavallo at 21 Donaldbin Close Road. Ms. Mulvey said the houses were searched because Mr. Herrmann traveled frequently to his parents' house and because Mr. Cavallo is a close associate of the family.
Sergeant Stone said Mr. Cavallo was at home when police arrived at the house. Police seized approximately eight pounds of marijuana and a 2003 Toyota pickup truck.
At Teaberry Lane, Sergeant Stone said police seized approximately 1,000 Percocets, eight ounces of marijuana, a handgun, and $6,000 cash found on David Herrmann, the brother of Sean Hermann, along with a 2007 Toyota pickup truck registered to David Herrmann
On the same day, police in Falmouth searched the home of Adam Fender and seized approximately eight pounds of marijuana and approximately $16,000 in cash.
In Framingham, police arrested Andrew M. Nourse, 28, on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Mr. Nourse is also from Edgartown.
Police made no arrests in connection with the searches in Edgartown or Falmouth, but further action is anticipated.
"This is an ongoing investigation," said Sergeant Stone. "There is more to follow."
Attempts late yesterday to reach Mr. Cavallo and the Herrmanns were unavailing.
Martha's Vineyard Regional High School invites businesses to student job fair
An annual student job fair on March 20 at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) offers local businesses the opportunity to get a jump on spring and summer staffing.
About 400 students looking for summer jobs are expected to attend the fair in the school library, ready to interview with applications in hand.
Interested employers should contact Martha's Vineyard Regional High School career and work-study coordinator Sherri Church at 508-693-1033, ext. 223, by March 6 to reserve table space. Registration is free, plus a complimentary breakfast will be served to employers before the fair opens.
The job fair is not open to the general public.