Drug task force nabs two at ferry


The Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force arrested two men and seized more than three grams of crack cocaine when the pair stepped off a Steamship Authority ferry in Vineyard Haven on January 20.

Edgartown police officer Michael Snowden, a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force, said Marvin Brown, 49, of Falmouth was the target of an ongoing investigation and had recently traveled to Martha’s Vineyard on several occasions, for very short periods of time.

“We have information that he’s selling crack cocaine here,” Officer Snowden told The Times.

Officer Snowden, Oak Bluffs detective Nick Currelli, and Oak Bluffs officer Jeff Trudel, with his K-9 partner, Buster, intercepted Mr. Brown as he walked off the ferry Friday afternoon. They moved in shortly after he spoke with a man later identified as Kurt Yenulevich, 47, of Falmouth, to arrange a meeting place.

According to police, Mr. Yenulevich had three to four ounces of crack cocaine in his back pocket. He told police that Mr. Brown asked him to hold the drugs as they traveled to the Island.

Officer Snowden said it is common for a drug dealer to use a surrogate to transport drugs aboard the ferry.

Both men were charged with intent to distribute crack cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Correction: The print version of this story incorrectly referred to ounces in the description of the amount of seized cocaine.