Adams man linked to multiple overdoses sentenced on drug charge

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NORTH ADAMS — A man tied to multiple drug overdoses in Adams was sentenced to six months in jail on Thursday after pleading guilty to a drug possession charge.

The arrest of Jeremy Vigiard, 50, of Adams, last year was the conclusion of a four-year investigation by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.

Investigators alleged that Vigiard would travel to Connecticut to buy heroin and distribute it in Adams, where he lived on Bellevue Avenue.

Based on tips from two confidential informants, police stopped Vigiard on July 16, 2018, as he drove down Route 8A in Windsor. Officers located 70 bags of heroin inside a bank deposit bag under the front center seat of Vigiard's truck.

The criminal complaint filed against Vigiard ties him to multiple overdoses, including one that occurred at his Bellevue Avenue home just weeks before his arrest.

His former girlfriend, 41-year-old Shelley Meehan, died in their Bellevue Avenue home in 2014 from "acute heroin and fentanyl intoxication," according to an autopsy conducted after her death.

The police report also documents nonfatal overdoses connected to Vigiard, including one in 2015 and two in 2016. One of the overdoses occurred at his Bellevue Avenue home.

When two people were treated by Adams emergency personnel for overdoses in July 2017, they allegedly admitted that they had purchased drugs from Vigiard and explained that he had a supplier in Connecticut.

A confidential informant told police shortly before Vigiard's arrest that he would make a trip to Connecticut to resupply on heroin once or twice per day, purchasing about 60 to 100 bags of heroin at a time.

The informant alerted police on July 16 that Vigiard would be traveling to Connecticut to purchase heroin later that day.

In line with prosecutors' recommendation, Vigiard was sentenced by Judge William Rota in Northern Berkshire District Court on Thursday to six months in Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction.

Vigiard had been set to go on trial starting Jan. 14, but instead opted to plead guilty to a single count of class A drug possession with intent to distribute.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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