NORTH ADAMS — Police allege an Adams man is tied to eight drug overdoses, including one fatality, throughout the four-year investigation that led to his arrest on Monday.
Jeremy Vigiard, 49, regularly drove to Connecticut to purchase heroin and sell it in the Adams area before he was stopped in possession of 70 bags this week, according to police.
Vigiard, of Bellevue Avenue, was released on personal recognizance following his arraignment on Tuesday.
The Berkshire County Drug Task Force began investigating Vigiard for the distribution of heroin throughout the Northern Berkshires in 2014, according to a criminal complaint filed by Adams Police Det. Michael Wandrei.
The investigation, built on two confidential informants and multiple controlled drug purchases, ended when police conducted a motor vehicle stop of Vigiard on Route 8A in Windsor on Monday.
In their report, police tied Vigiard to the overdose death of his girlfriend, 41-year-old Shelley Meehan from fentanyl and heroin in 2014. She died in their shared Bellevue Avenue residence.
Vigiard allegedly told police at the time that he did not know what caused Meehan's death. An autopsy revealed she died of "acute heroin and fentanyl intoxication."
The report includes one nonfatal overdose in 2015 and two in 2016, including one that occurred in the Vigiard residence. The nonfatal overdose of a person with ties to the Vigiard family in East Hartford, Conn., in April 2017, was also detailed.
In July 2017, two people in Adams were treated by medical personnel for overdose symptoms. One of the users allegedly told police that they had purchased the heroin from Vigiard, who had a supplier in Connecticut.
Emergency responders were again called to Vigiard's house on July 2, 2018, for a nonfatal overdose.
On July 11, police received information from a confidential informant that Vigiard resupplies on heroin almost every day in Connecticut, sometimes making the trip twice in one day.
Vigiard returns with about six to 10 bundles of heroin he sells in the Northern Berkshires, the informant told police.
On July 16, the informant tipped off police that Vigiard would make another trip to Connecticut to resupply that day. Police established surveillance on Route 8A, where they believed he would be most likely to pass on his return trip.
Police stopped Vigiard on Route 8A in Windsor shortly after 1 p.m.
Inside a bank deposit bag located under the front center seat of the truck, police located about 70 white wax bags of heroin.
Vigiard was arraigned on Tuesday and released on personal recognizance. He appeared before Judge Paul Vrabel in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to be appointed an attorney.
Vigiard has pleaded not guilty to a single count of possession to distribute a class A drug.
He is next scheduled to appear on Aug. 31 for a pretrial hearing.
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