Tisbury warrant leads drug task force to O.B. residence.
Three people were arraigned in Edgartown District Court Monday afternoon on narcotics charges following a raid by Tisbury Police and the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force. Shane Harthcock, 40, of West Tisbury, Jason Reagan, 39, of Oak Bluffs, and Danae Finley, a.k.a. Danae Vlaskovic, 32, of Oak Bluffs appeared remotely before Judge Marianne Hinkle from the Dukes County Jail.
Finley pleaded not guilty to possession of a Class A substance (heroin/fentanyl) with intent to distribute, possession of a Class E substance (gabapentin) with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws. She was released on personal recognizance.
Harthcock pleaded not guilty to possession of a Class A substance (heroin/fentanyl) with intent to distribute, possession of a Class E substance (gabapentin) with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws. His bail was set at $1,000.
Reagan pleaded not guilty to possession of a Class B substance (cocaine), possession of a Class E substance (Xanax) with intent to distribute, Class E substance (gabapentin), and conspiracy to violate drug laws. His bail was set at $2,500, and he was ordered held for violation of one or more outstanding probation conditions.
The charges stem from an August 20 raid.
Police converged on an Oak Bluffs residence on Worcester Avenue after obtaining a search warrant. The target of the operation was Reagan, who according to a police report was suspected of drug dealing. In addition to Tisbury Det. Charles Duquette, who applied for the warrant, the task force members consisted of detectives from Edgartown, West Tisbury, and the Massachusetts State Police, and a number of Oak Bluffs Police officers.
Police allegedly found Reagan and a woman named Hilary Seaton seated at a backyard patio table and Finley and Harthcock in a bedroom. Unlike Finley, Harthcock, and Reagan, Seaton wasn’t arrested, but was summonsed on a charge of possession of a Class C substance (psychedelic mushrooms).
In a bedroom, reportedly Reagan’s and Seaton’s, police allegedly found plastic bags, about 0.5 grams of what was believed to cocaine, a Xanax pill, a roll of cash amounting to $2,540, 3.5 grams of what were believed to be psychedelic mushrooms, hollowed-out books allegedly for stashing contraband, bagged gabapentin pills, a sharps container containing used syringes, and “hundreds of doses of nasal Narcan,” according to a report.
In a living room, police allegedly found a digital scale and plastic sandwich bags with missing corners, according to a report.
In the bedroom believed to be Finley’s and Harthcock’s, police allegedly discovered a white cutting agent in a shot glass, a notebook “labeled ‘Shane and Danae’s Cash [ledger],” and an unmarked pill bottle containing gabapentin pills.
Police later recovered two 0.5 gram bags of a substance believed to be fentanyl, a report indicates. The bags were turned in by a good Samaritan. Det. Duquette theorized in his report that Finley, who with Harthcock had been adjacent to a fence during the search, may have tossed the bags over the fence.
Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Michael Preble requested $5,000 bail for Reagan, and argued his criminal history justified the amount. Attorney Robert Moriarty, who represented Reagan just for arraignment and bail purposes, argued that facts didn’t support a need for bail.
“I respectfully suggest, Judge, that this was not, first of all, the drug bust they were hoping for,” Moriarty said.”Second of all, the fentanyl, the truly dangerous substance here, is found outside and [is] attributable to two other people.”
Moriarty asked that Reagan be let out on personal recognizance.
Judge Hinkle set Reagan’s bail at $2,500, however; Hinkle also found Reagan in violation of prior probation, and ordered him held.
Going forward, attorney Casey Dobel was assigned to Reagan’s case.
Preble requested $2,500 bail for Harthcock, and cited a criminal history that included narcotics convictions as justification.
Dobel, who represented Harthcock solely for arraignment and bail purposes, asked that he be released on personal recognizance.
Dobel noted a police report states Harthcock was arrested due to his alleged homelessness, and that the arrest was used to ensure he was present in court.
According to a report, both Finley and Harthcock are alleged to be homeless, even though addresses are given for each of them.
“I have known of Harthcock and [Finley] throughout my time as a police officer on Martha’s Vineyard,” Duquette’s report states. “I know both of them to consistently be considered homeless … I believe Harthcock and [Finley] will not appear in court unless they are physically arrested.”
Dobel argued Harthcock shouldn’t be punished simply because he is of limited means. “I would also respectfully suggest this police report, it takes a big swing, and it does not back up all that it promises to deliver,” Dobel said. “Clearly they were looking for more than what they found …”
Dobel said police in the past had hoped to find Harthcock culpable of being a trafficking “kingpin,” but have failed to do so.
Dobel said $2,500 was “quite unaffordable for him” and suggested even $500 would be too much.
Hinkle set Harthcock’s bail at $1,000.
Moriarty was assigned as Harthcock’s lawyer going forward.
Moriarty was appointed solely to represent Finley on arraignment and bail.
While Preble sought $2,500 bail for Finley, Hinkle appeared swayed by Moriarty’s arguments that Finley had a relatively mild criminal history, and that despite being called homeless, Finley had strong community ties and would show up for her court appointments.
Hinkle released Finley on personal recognizance. Who Finley’s lawyer would be going forward was a decision Hinkle postponed until Finley’s next court appearance.
I suppose the defense attorney should be villified because he defended drug pushers. This guy can but Dershowitz should not. Craziness.
Andy– Dobel is a woman.
Even mass murderers and corrupt former presidents get to have an attorney in America.
People are also entitled to their opinions in America.
If someone feels Dershowitz is a scum bag for defending one of the nations most notorious crooks, they can express that opinion. Even in public on the porch of a store.
If you feel alleged drug dealers should not have an attorney, you can say so.
But there is that pesky constitution thingie…
You seem to want to follow the constitution only when it fits your narrative.
So, if you want to take the trump tactic, and personally berate Ms. Dobel you can do that.
I will , however, put a plug in for her and say that I think she’s a great person and a very thorough lawyer.
Finley…. “Found with Heroin/Fentayl”….how many DEATHS have we had in the last couple of years??? DEAD from overdose….laced with Fentaly–Out on personal recognizanc-DEALERS…more DEATHS — OUT ON THE STREET SELLING THE GOODS… SOOO SAD…who is paying who???
Maybe another reason criminal informants avoid netting attempts.
The best thing to happen to this bunch is jail time to help the rehab process. These are not kid drugs they found this is life ending stuff. Why do these same names come up over and over again and it is because they need to find the bottom and some help.
Bob, you make an excellent statement. Why indeed do the same names keep coming up?
I want to suggest a few thoughts.
Outside of that edifice to human misery is a sign, “Dukes County House of Correction ”
Obviously the “Correction” part not only does not work, it conflicts with the retention of all those jobs on MV in the Justice System.
From police, the jail employees, the courts, lawyers, Pupek, judiciary, ALL rely on this merry cast of characters to repeatedly cycle through the system.
Their jobs depend on it.
With no incentives to actually “correct” the persons coming into the System, expect to see more of this recidivism.
Why do the same names come up over and over? Because they are addicts. Anyone with a smidgeon of perspective can see that they were in possession of rather small amounts of these drugs. They sell them to support their habit. The major players in the drug pyramid are usually not users.
The Taxpayers are footing the bill for the Investigation, Arrest, Prosecution and Defense of these folks. Then they get Probation which taxpayers fund or Incarceration which is really expensive. There’s got to be a better way.
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Three people arraigned on drug charges – Martha's Vineyard Times
Tisbury warrant leads drug task force to O.B. residence.