Edgartown man facing federal charges is busted with heroin


Edgartown Police arrested David Herrmann of Edgartown Friday, on drug dealing charges following a search of the room where he lives in the house of his parents.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Herrmann, 30, wore an electronic ankle bracelet, a daily reminder that he is out on bail in a separate federal drug case.

Edgartown police officer Mike Snowden said the arrest began with a month-long investigation by Edgartown Police. At approximately 1 pm, Friday, February 24, Edgartown police and members of the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force went to 10 Teaberry Lane with a search warrant.

The house is owned by Edward and Elizabeth Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is the elected Register of Probate in Dukes County.

“When task force members entered the house, we found the scale, pills and other drug paraphernalia used for cutting and packaging narcotics on David’s bedside table,” Mr. Snowden said in an email response to The Times. “We found approximately $1,600 in cash and more pills located in a black bag hanging on the back of Herrmann’s bedroom door. Approximately 10 grams of heroin was found on Herrmann’s person. All of the evidence was taken from Herrmann’s bedroom.”

Officer Snowden said the bedroom is on the second floor of the colonial-style house.

Police arrested Mr. Herrmann for possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute prescription pills.

Mr. Herrmann was released Friday night from the Dukes County Jail on $2,500 bail. He is to be arraigned in Edgartown District Court on Friday, March 4.

Mr. Snowden said the parents were cooperative and seemed to be very concerned. Asked if police have any reason to believe the parents were aware of any drug activity in their house, Mr. Snowden said, “No comment.”

A history

Last Friday’s arrest was not the first time police executed a search warrant at the Herrmann house.

In February 2009, police searched the house as part of a multi-state investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) into drug dealing by Sean Herrmann, who was then a resident of East Greenbush, N.Y. and is the brother of David Herrmann.

On February 19, 2009, a police task force that included DEA agents searched the Herrmann house. Police seized approximately 1,000 Percocets, eight ounces of marijuana, a handgun, and $6,000 cash.

The two brothers are both under indictment in connection with that case. The ankle bracelet Mr. Herrmann was wearing when arrested last week is a condition of his bail in the federal case, under which he is charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws in the Northern District of New York, police said.

Officer Snowden said the investigation is continuing. He asked anyone with information to call Edgartown police at 508-627-4343.