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Just what the doctor ordered — cocaine, ketamine, guns and prostitutes on a multimillion-dollar, 80-foot luxury yacht moored in Massachusetts' Nantucket Harbor on Tuesday.

Police responding to a call to dispatch about a woman's possible overdose aboard the Jess Conn, a " petite superyacht " built by Nordhavn in 2021, have arrested its owner, a former physician from Colorado who retired to Florida.

Scott Burke, the yachtsman, faces a dozen drug and firearms charges following the encounter and a search warrant served on his vessel.

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Police searched the 80-foot Nordhavn yacht Jess Conn on Tuesday and allegedly recovered a stash of cocaine in a safe, ketamine and unlicensed handguns. Its owner, Dr. Scott Burke, was arrested. (@kitnoble @nantucketcurrent)

Authorities, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Nantucket police and the local harbormaster, boarded the craft Tuesday morning and found a disoriented woman in the master bedroom.

"[She] appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance," a police statement of facts read. "She also stated that she did not feel safe."

She was taken to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, police said.

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Dr. Scott Burke, right, poses with his family on the back of an earlier luxury yacht, also named the Jess Conn. (Tony Burkenstock/Facebook)

Police also found a loaded handgun and a pink bag of cocaine in the room, the court documents allege. After obtaining a search warrant, police say they recovered 43.4 grams of cocaine and 14.1 grams of ketamine.

A source close to the investigation reportedly told the Nantucket Current that authorities also encountered prostitutes on board. 

"That's certainly not in my press release," Lt. Angus MacVicar, the Nantucket Police Department's public information officer, told Fox News Digital on Thursday.

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Burke allegedly told police he had a license for the handguns — but police said his Florida license was not only invalid in Massachusetts, it expired last year.

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Police initially charged him with possession of two handguns and a bag of cocaine and tacked on more charges after obtaining a search warrant for the boat.

A thorough search conducted by police, the USCG and DEA found more drugs, ammunition and large-capacity magazines.

Nordhavn's 80-foot trawler has been described as a "mini-superyacht," and costs more than $7.5 million, according to Motorboat & Yachting magazine.

Options include a hot tub on the flybridge and herringbone floors. The model is marketed to globetrotters who enjoy summers in the Mediterranean and winters in the Caribbean , according to the outlet.

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Police searched the 80-foot Nordhavn yacht Jess Conn on Tuesday and allegedly recovered a stash of cocaine in a safe, ketamine and unlicensed handguns. Its owner, Scott Burke, was arrested. (@kitnoble/@nantucketcurrent | Inset: Scott Burke/LinkedIn)

Burke's vessel is reportedly registered out of the Cayman Islands.

Manufacturer specs show the vessels can carry more than 4,600 gallons of fuel and are powered by twin 375 hp John Deere engines. They come with four staterooms and housing for up to two crew members.

In May, a member of YachtForums.com shared a photo of Burke's boat run aground off the Florida Keys, but it reportedly suffered little damage and was pictured in a West Palm Beach marina days later.

The doctor has been released on bail, but attempts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful Thursday morning.

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Public records show Burke obtained his medical license in Colorado in 1981. It was last renewed in 2019. He has owned at least two other large vessels over the years, 90 and 58 feet long, also named Jess Conn. 

According to his LinkedIn profile, Burke also founded a medical lien service firm called Injury Finance in 2003 and as a physician specialized in spine rehab and pain. His bio said he retired from active medical practice.

The investigation remains ongoing, but police declined to comment on potential additional charges.

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Nantucket natives are “cracking up” over the recent arrest of a retired doctor after drugs and prostitutes were allegedly found on his 82-foot yacht — but said Saturday that the guns he also had on board are a “completely different ballgame.”

Scott Anthony Burke, 69, was slapped with drug trafficking and weapons charges Tuesday after officers raided his luxury vessel, the Jess Conn, while it was anchored in Nantucket Harbor and discovered cocaine, ketamine, prostitutes, and two pistols on board. 

Many island residents are having a laugh over the drugs and prostitution bust, especially since cocaine is “commonplace” on Nantucket, one local told The Post Saturday.

“Everyone’s cracking up. We think it’s hilarious,” said the 61-year-old Nantucket native, who requested anonymity because her father works in the court system.

“Everybody does that. He got busted, that’s it,” she said of islanders’ attitude toward Burke’s tawdry crimes. 

The longtime local noted drug use is rampant across the island, but rich Nantucketers tend to keep their illicit habits under wraps so that tourists continue to visit the posh oasis. 

“I think we have enough tourists [that] we can alert the people and say we have some crime going on here,” she said 

Nantucketers are in hysterics over Scott Burke's arrest for drug trafficking but are alarmed that he had weapons on board his 82-foot yacht.

The presence of weapons on board Burke’s ship, however, has been alarming. 

“The guns [are] a completely different ballgame,” she said.

The Jess Conn is still stationed in Nantucket Harbor as of Saturday afternoon.

While its decks appear empty, a marina worker told The Post there are people still on board, though it’s unclear if they are guests or crew.

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Whoever they are, they are no longer welcome in the marina.

“Someone came in a tender, and they tried to get sandwiches or something from the island,” the worker, who asked not to be identified, said, adding that they heard the dockmaster tell another employee to dismiss the small craft and its passengers.

“They tried to come to the marina, and we told them to leave. They don’t want that boat associated with us at all.”

Burke was arrested Tuesday after police responded to reports that a woman may have overdosed aboard the yacht and felt unsafe. 

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A police report said the woman was found “under the influence” in Burke’s bedroom on the yacht, while prostitutes were also discovered aboard the luxury boat, according to the Nantucket Current .

Investigators also discovered over 43 grams of cocaine, about 14 grams of ketamine, two handguns, and other ammunition in the main floor bedroom of the yacht, the Boston Globe reported . 

While cops initially responded to a call about a drug overdose on the Jess Conn, locals said a heated catfight that erupted on the ship may have also spurred authorities to intervene. 

Burke was arrested Tuesday after police responded to reports that a woman may have overdosed aboard the yacht and felt unsafe. 

“Not only was the woman being checked out for drug stuff, but there was a screaming match that evidently occurred between a woman on the harbor master’s boat and the launch boat that was either bringing the person back or taking the person to,” a local told The Post Friday.

Burke pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday in Plymouth District Court when he appeared for his arraignment.

His bail was set at $200,000 .

The father of two adult children practiced in Colorado before retiring in 2021 and now lives in the ultra-exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida.

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Guns, Drugs, And Prostitutes: Police Raid Yacht In Nantucket Harbor

Jason Graziadei and David Creed • Sep 05, 2023

A 70-foot motor yacht anchored in Nantucket Harbor was raided by Nantucket Police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Tuesday after a woman was evacuated from the vessel and taken to an ambulance waiting at the town pier.

The owner of the yacht, a retired physician, has been arrested and sources with knowledge of the investigation told the Current that authorities discovered guns, drugs, and prostitutes aboard the vessel.

The motor yacht Jess Conn , out of Georgetown in the Cayman Islands, was anchored in the horse shed area of Nantucket Harbor Tuesday morning when the woman was taken off the boat with the assistance of Nantucket Harbormaster Sheila Lucey and Nantucket Fire Department EMTs. The vessel was later boarded by personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Station Brant Point and a DEA special agent, who were assisting the Nantucket Police Department with the ongoing investigation

The owner of the yacht, Scott Anthony Burke, 69, of Key Largo, Fla., was taken into custody Tuesday morning and is now facing drug trafficking and weapons charges related to the incident and subsequent search of the yacht. He will be arraigned in Nantucket District Court on Monday, Sept. 11.

The initial response to the vessel was due to a "report of a female party, on board a yacht, who did not want to be there, was under the influence of narcotics, and possibly has overdosed," according to a police report.

Investigators, including a DEA special agent, boarded and searched the Jess Conn at 3:25 p.m., according to court documents obtained by the Current . They confiscated 43.4 grams of cocaine, 14.1 grams of ketamine, and two pistols - a .380 Smith  Wesson Shield and a 9mm Smith & Wesson - along with various ammunition.

After being read his Miranda rights following the initial boarding of the vessel Tuesday morning, Burke told police he was the owner of the boat, that the pistols belonged to him, and that he had a license to carry firearms. Police determined that Burke had a license to carry in Florida which had expired in September 2022. 

On Wednesday morning, Nantucket Police Department Lt. AngusMacVicar shared a press release that stated Burke was initially charged with two counts of possession of a firearm without a license before the search of the yacht resulted in additional charges against him.

"The Nantucket Police Department and the DEA Cape Cod Resident Office continued an investigation and Burke was additionally charged with 1 count of Trafficking in Class B, 1 count of Possession to Distribute Class A, 1 count of Possession of a Firearm without a License, 1 count of Possession of Ammunition without a License and 4 Counts of Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device," the press released stated. "This case remains under investigation at this time."

Burke is a retired physician who practiced in Colorado and founded Denver Spine and Rehab. He is currently is the CEO of Injury Finance, LLC, which provides medical lien services for third-party liability claims.

Harbormaster Sheila Lucey said the initial call Tuesday morning was for a “wellness check” on a woman, but she declined to share any further details.

Coast Guard Station Brant Point’s executive petty officer Jeff Wecal said his crew was involved in assisting the Nantucket Police Department’s investigation and referred all inquiries to NPD.

The Jess Conn arrived in Nantucket Harbor on Aug. 23 after a voyage from Newport, Rhode Island.

The yacht was recently photographed by PowerYachtBlog.com  after it ran aground in May in Florida, but escaped without significant damage.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.

The Nantucket Police Department issued the following press release about the investigation and charges Wednesday morning:

The Nordhavn 80 yacht was built in China and completed in 2021 . See a video tour of the vessel below:

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What began as a woman’s medical situation on a yacht in Nantucket Harbor Tuesday morning devolved into a Florida man’s arrest by DEA and local police for gun and drug charges, according to the Nantucket Police Department .

At 7:47 a.m. on Sept. 5, the island’s police department got a call that a woman needed medical help on a boat in the Nantucket Harbor, police said. Police, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Harbor Master’s Office and the fire department responded to what the Nantucket Current described as a 70-foot yacht named Jess Conn .

The woman was found on the yacht and brought to Nantucket Cottage Hospital, police said. Harbormaster Sheila Lucey told the Current the initial call for the woman’s medical situation was for a “wellness check,” and her condition is unclear at this time.

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The owner of the yacht, identified as Scott A. Burke, of Key Largo, Florida, was also found on the boat with the woman, police said. He was initially arrested on two counts of possessing a firearm without a license, police said.

But after what the Current described as a “raid” on the 70-foot yacht, Burke now faces charges related to drug trafficking, possession and distribution following an investigation by the police department and the DEA Cape Cod Resident Office, police said.

The Florida’s man full list of additional charges are: one count of trafficking Class B narcotics; one count of possession to distribute Class A narcotics; one count each of possession of a firearm and of ammunition, both without licenses; and four counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device, the department stated.

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The Nantucket Current reported Burke is a former Colorado doctor, founded Denver Spine and Rehab and is the current CEO of Injury Finance, LLC, which gives medical claim services for third-party liability claims.

The Jess Conn had arrived in the harbor from Rhode Island about three weeks ago, on Aug. 23, the Current said. It had recently run aground in Florida in May, but wasn’t significantly damaged, the outlet stated.

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The yacht of a retired doctor who was arrested after police found guns, drugs and prostitutes aboard, was being used to film “pornographic films”, according to a police search warrant.

Scott Burke, 69, was arrested after a raid of his 82-foot vessel , the Jess Conn, by Nantucket Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration .

The yacht was raided after a “wellness check” was performed on a woman on board on Tuesday morning, Harbormaster Sheila Lucey said.

The woman was evacuated from the yacht after she “did not feel safe”, according to previous reports, and was taken to a waiting ambulance.

An affidavit attached to the search warrant states that the woman allegedly told a male friend over FaceTime “they were doing drugs all weekend long and people on the boat had been making pornographic films”, reported The Nantucket Current newspaper.

The man reportedly told police he thought his friend overdosed because she told him she wanted to leave the boat before she passed out and the call was dropped.

Doctor arrested after police find guns, drugs and prostitutes in raid of yacht at Nantucket Harbor

He also told police ketamine, Adderall, ecstasy and cocaine were being used on board. Several prostitutes were also on the yacht, sources previously told The Current.

Mr Burke, a married father, told police the woman who overdosed had been working for him for only a few weeks and denied knowing that illegal drugs were on the yacht.

Two women on board also denied knowing about the illegal drugs, but one claimed she had a prescription for Adderall.

A doctor was arrested after police found guns, drugs and prostitutes aboard a 70ft motor yacht anchored at a small island of Massachusetts.

Around three grams of cocaine, 14 grams of ketamine, a .380 pistol, three 30-round 9mm magazines, and a 12-round magazine in a 9mm pistol were uncovered on board, according to the police report.

Multiple rounds of ammo were also found on the yacht’s bedroom floor, the report added.

Mr Burke allegedly admitted the firearms were his, telling police he had a license to carry. However, police said his license was for Florida and expired in September 2022, the Current reported.

Mr Burke, of Key Largo, Florida , faces drug trafficking and weapons charges and is set to be arraigned in Nantucket District Court on 11 September, reported The Current.

The 69-year-old is a retired physician who founded Denver Spine and Rehab, according to the newspaper.

He is now the CEO of Injury Finance LLC, a company “that offers personal injury victims lien access to our comprehensive network of medical providers.

Mr Burke’s lawyer has claimed the 69-year-old has terminal cancer.

His yacht reportedly arrived in Nantucket Harbor on 23 August after a journey from Newport, Rhode Island.

It was featured in PowerYachtBlog.com after it ran aground in Ocean Reef in the Florida Keys in May.

Nantucket Police Department say that Mr Burke was initially charged with two counts of possession of a firearm without a license.

After the search of the yacht, he was charged with additional drugs and firearm offences.

He pleaded not guilty to the drug and gun raps.

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70-foot yacht carrying guns, drugs and prostitutes discovered in Nantucket Harbor: report

A yacht anchored in Nantucket Harbor was searched Tuesday by authorities who found guns, drugs and prostitutes aboard the lavish vessel, according to a report.

The investigation into the Jess Conn, a 70-foot motor yacht registered in the Cayman Islands, has so far led to at least one arrest, the Nantucket Current reported.

The shocking discovery in the harbor of the ritzy Massachusetts island was made after a woman was removed from the yacht for a “wellness check” on Tuesday morning, Harbormaster Sheila Lucey told the publication.

She was taken to an ambulance on shore, though it was unclear why she needed medical assistance.

Nantucket police, along with the Coast Guard, kicked off an investigation involving the vessel immediately after.

Sources told the Current that authorities came upon prostitutes, drugs, guns and other contraband while searching the Jess Conn.

Before arriving in Nantucket on Aug. 23, the yacht had been anchored off Newport, Rhode Island, the report said.

Back in May, the Jess Conn ran aground off Florida – though it didn’t sustain much damage.

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On Tuesday, the Drug Enforcement Administration raided a 70-foot yacht, the Jess Conn , anchored in Nantucket and reportedly found drugs, guns and sex workers on board. According to the Nantucket Current , they were tipped off after local police received a “report of a female party, on board a yacht , who did not want to be there, was under the influence of narcotics, and possibly has overdosed.”

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The harbormaster and Nantucket Fire Department EMTs were reportedly able to get her off the boat and to a local hospital for treatment. A further search of the Jess Conn turned up 43.4 grams of cocaine, 14.1 grams of ketamine and two Smith & Wesson pistols. The owner, Scott Anthony Burke, a retired doctor from Key West, Florida, was arrested.

According to the police report, “The Nantucket Police Department and the DEA Cape Cod Resident Office continued an investigation and Burke was additionally charged with 1 count of Trafficking in Class B, 1 count of Possession to Distribute Class A, 1 count of Possession of a Firearm without a License, 1 count of Possession of Ammunition without a License and 4 Counts of Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.”

Currently, there are no updates on the condition of the woman who was taken to the hospital, but in situations like this, no news is often good news. Hopefully, she’ll be back on her feet quickly. As for Burke, those drug trafficking and weapons charges probably won’t be easy to get out of. Then again, he’s rich enough to own a $7.5 million Nordhavn 80 , so he’s clearly got enough money to hire some expensive lawyers. Who knows? Maybe they’ll be able to negotiate it down to a fine and a few hours of community service.

On an unrelated note, back in early May, the Jess Conn was photographed in the Florida Keys after it temporarily ran aground .

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Scott Burke of Florida arrested on drug, gun charges after woman evacuated from Nantucket yacht

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NANTUCKET – Nantucket police said they arrested a man after a woman was rushed to the hospital from a yacht in the harbor.

Photos taken by the Nantucket Current showed officers on the 70-foot-yacht Wednesday.

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Police said the woman was taken to Nantucket Cottage Hospital for medical assistance, but they didn't give any more specifics.

The owner of the boat, Scott Burke of Key Largo, Florida, was arrested.

He is facing several charges including possession of a firearm without a license and trafficking drugs.

Police said the investigation is still ongoing. 

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Cops allegedly find prostitutes, drugs, guns in Nantucket yacht raid

Scott Anthony Burke, a retired doctor, was arrested Tuesday after local police reportedly found prostitutes, drugs, and guns on his yacht in Nantucket.

According to  a press release by the Nantucket Police Department, Burke, age 69, was arrested after the police department received reports that a woman on his yacht needed “medical assistance.”

“The owner of the boat was arrested by Nantucket Police Department for 2 counts of Possession of a Firearm without a license,” the press release stated.

The press release explained that after the Nantucket Police Department and the DEA Cape Code Resident Office continued their investigation, the retired doctor was also charged with one count of Possession to Distribute Class A, one count of Possession of a Firearm without a License, one count of Trafficking in Class B, 1 Count of Possession of Ammunition without a License, and 4 Counts of Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.

According to  the Boston Globe, court records claim that police discovered multiple guns, ketamine, and cocaine on Burke’s yacht, the “Jess Conn.” Officials have announced that the incident is currently “under investigation.”

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According to the police report, the woman in need of medical assistance on Burke’s yacht “did not want to be there, was under the influence of narcotics, and possibly [had] overdosed.”

After police officers boarded Burke’s yacht, the retired doctor reportedly guided the police to a bedroom where the woman “appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance” and “stated that she did not feel safe.”

The woman was transported to Nantucket Cottage Hospital for medical treatment; however, her current condition has not yet been released.

According to  the Nantucket Current, law enforcement also discovered prostitutes located on Burke’s yacht. Additionally, The New York Post  reported  that police discovered 14 grams of ketamine, 43 grams of cocaine, a .380 pistol, a 12-round magazine in a 9mm pistol, and three 30-round 9mm magazines.

The New York Post reported that Burke ran a spine and rehabilitation clinic before retiring from the medical field. The retired doctor also reportedly launched a medical insurance company called Injury Finance.

Burke is expected to be arraigned in relation to his various charges in Nantucket District Court next week.

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An investigation that followed the rescue of a woman in medical distress from a yacht anchored in Nantucket Harbor led to several gun and drug charges for the boat's owner, police said.

According to the Nantucket Police Department , the incident began at 7:47 a.m. on Tuesday with a report of a woman in need of medical assistance.

A criminal complaint filed by an officer of the Nantucket Police Department specifies that they responded to a report of a woman who "did not want to be there, was under the influence of narcotics and possibly has overdosed."

When officers and the Coast Guard met the woman inside a bedroom aboard the 80-foot Jess Con, they noted the woman appeared to be intoxicated and she "stated that she did not feel safe."

Help from the Nantucket Harbor Master's Office, U.S. Coast Guard and Nantucket Fire Department was mobilized, and they brought the woman to Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

In the bedroom, officers also noted a firearm in plain view and a "pink plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance" believed to be cocaine. Police later determined the gun was loaded and had a round in the chamber.

The owner of the yacht was identified as Scott Burke, 69, of Key Largo, Florida, and Nantucket police arrested him for two counts of possession of a firearm without a license.

According to the complaint, Burke told officers he was licensed to carry a firearm but the investigation revealed that his license was issued in Florida and expired in 2022.

Subsequent investigation involving police and the Drug Enforcement Administration led to additional charges of trafficking, possession to distribute, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a license and four counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device.

Photos of a Coast Guard patrol boat tied to Burke's yacht in the harbor were shared by the Nantucket Current.

During a court hearing held Thursday, Burke's cash bail was set at $200,000 in this case. He is scheduled to return to a courtroom on Oct. 2 for a probable cause hearing.

‘Pornographic films’ allegedly shot on yacht in Nantucket Harbor where retired doctor was arrested, man told police

A Coast Guard patrol boat was tied to the yacht Jess Conn, owned by Scott Anthony Burke, on Sept. 5.

Pornographic films were allegedly being shot on an 80-foot yacht whose owner was arrested on drug and gun charges last week while the vessel was docked in Nantucket Harbor, according to a man who had spoken by phone with a distressed woman on board.

At 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 5, a Dallas man called Nantucket police and said he thought that his friend, a 33-year-old woman, had overdosed on the boat, named the Jess Conn, according to a police affidavit. The man told police he had been speaking with her all night on FaceTime and that she “mentioned wanting to get off the boat” before she passed out and the call dropped, the court filing said.

The woman indicated “they were doing drugs all weekend long and people on the boat had been making pornographic films,” the man told police, adding that she listed the drugs as “ketamine, Adderall, ecstasy, and cocaine.”

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The Nantucket Current first reported the new details contained in the affidavit.

After receiving the 911 call, authorities boarded the vessel and arrested the owner, Scott Anthony Burke, a 69-year-old retired doctor from Florida. He has pleaded not guilty to multiple drug and weapons counts.

When emergency responders found the woman, she was lying on a bed, “awake but extremely lethargic,” police said. She said she didn’t feel safe and was “afraid to be on the boat.”

Firefighters led her off the yacht and she was taken to Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

In the bedroom, police saw a handgun on a bookshelf and a plastic bag of cocaine on the night stand. Police also saw two clear packages containing “multiple blue pills,” according to the affidavit.

Initially, Burke was “extremely uncooperative” when police tried to speak with him, the affidavit said.

“Due to his behavior and being uncooperative, Scott was detained and placed into handcuffs,” the filing said. He agreed to speak with officers after being read his Miranda rights, police said.

Burke said he owned the boat and that the bedroom was his. He told police he had a gun license in Florida, but authorities determined it had expired last year, according to the affidavit.

“Scott also indicated that there was a second firearm in the area,” police said.

At the police station, he told investigators the woman “was an employee of the boat” who was hired three to four weeks earlier, the affidavit said. He said a second woman had been staying on the vessel and that she had been drinking and taking Adderall.

“Burke also denied any knowledge of any illegal narcotics on the yacht,” police said.

Police said they called the second woman, who said she had left “some medications” on the vessel, including Adderall that a doctor had prescribed.

After receiving a search warrant, investigators seized a number of items from the yacht, including more than 43 grams of cocaine and 14 grams of ketamine, $2,300 in cash, two guns and ammunition, and a pair of priority overnight FedEx envelopes, according to court papers.

Burke’s lawyer, Hank Brennan, couldn’t be reached for comment.

At a court hearing last week, Brennan described the woman on the boat as a friend of the ship’s captain and said she had been hired to work as a server on the yacht. Burke had more than a dozen guests on board in the week before his arrest, including guests who were invited by crew members, Brennan said.

When members of the crew left the yacht to attend a wedding, the woman asked if she could stay on board for a couple days until they returned, Brennan said in an interview after the hearing.

Burke agreed she could stay, and Brennan said a “disgruntled ex-boyfriend,” upset she had stayed on the vessel, called police so they would search the yacht.

“Now he is paying the price for being kind,” Brennan said of his client after the hearing.

Brennan said Burke was not aware his gun license had expired, something he called an “administrative oversight.” He said Burke does not use or sell drugs.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 2, records show.

Travis Andersen can be reached at [email protected] .

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Martha's vineyard is running low on weed. residents say a rule change could help.

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Let’s get to the news:

Running low:  Cannabis advocates are raising concerns about the supply of the drug on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The islands have faced supply obstacles since  their first dispensaries  opened, because it’s illegal to transport pot across federal waters or via plane. But now, with Martha’s Vineyard’s sole grower  planning to close this fall  and the busy summer season approaching, the simmering issue has come to a boil. Two island pot shops — one of which is  temporarily closed due to supply issues — are suing the state’s Cannabis Control Commission. And medical marijuana providers are calling for emergency action. “Living on the island presents problems, and we all accept that, but getting your medication shouldn’t be one of them,” local physician Terry Kriedman told CCC commissioners during a special meeting yesterday on Martha’s Vineyard.

  • What do they want? It’s possible to get to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket through only state waters , but the CCC never wrote regulations for transporting weed via boat. (That’s effectively kept island dispensaries from shipping weed from the mainland,  as the Boston Globe recently reported .) During the meeting yesterday, advocates and businesses implored the CCC to pass an emergency rule allowing cannabis transportation across state waters.
  • It’s not just an inconvenience for vacationers: Advocates say there are 234 medical marijuana patients on Martha’s Vineyard. There are also concerns about the safety of the underground market. “The opioid epidemic is very strong on this island, and there have been samples of cannabis on this island that have had opiates in them,” Chloe Loftfield, the general manager of the Martha’s Vineyard dispensary Fine Fettle, said during the meeting.
  • Zoom out: Massachusetts isn’t in uncharted waters, so to speak. Commissioners have noted that a handful of other states  — including Maine, New York and Hawaii — have laws allowing cannabis shipments across state waters. (Alaska even has  rules allowing dispensaries to ship their product  via plane.)
  • What’s next: Commissioners said that the topic will be on their agenda for their meeting next Thursday. “We want to see a solution to this issue,” said Commissioner Kimberly Roy.

A different kind of green:  Three Massachusetts institutions that predominantly serve communities of color are getting grants to help the state build up its climate sector workforce, as part of Gov. Maura Healey’s  recently launched Climate Careers Fund .

  • Zoom in: Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute and Roxbury Community College will each get $1.3 million, while Holyoke Community College will get $832,000. The money will help get 400 students training in green job fields, like offshore wind technology, heat pumps and power engineering.
  • Zoom out: State officials estimate that Massachusetts must grow its clean energy workforce by nearly 30,000 workers  in order to meet its 50% emissions reduction target for 2030.

Heads up : The Orange Line is fully open again, but  another partial closure  begins in just about 12 hours. Shuttles will replace trains between Oak Grove and North Station starting tonight at 8:30 p.m. through the entire weekend. You’ll also be able to take the Haverhill commuter rail line for free between North Station and Oak Grove.

  • All aboard “The Lucky Express”: The T will also run a free special event train on the Haverhill line Sunday night  for the Game 2 of the NBA Finals. It will leave Oak Grove at 6:42 p.m., stop at Malden Center at 6:45 p.m. and arrive at North Station at 7 p.m.

Newport? More like new bus:  Want to take a car-free trip to Newport this summer? A new bus will take you back and forth from Boston to the seaside Rhode Island getaway for $30 each way. The new, nonstop route, launched by Newport’s tourism board, will begin twice-a-day trips from South Station  today through Sept. 9 .

School’s out:  Swansea’s Joseph Case High School is closed today after a blaze broke out on the first floor yesterday around 3 p.m., causing fire and smoke damage. The Globe  reports  that no injuries were reported and no students were in the school at the time.

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