YARMOUTH - An alleged heroin dealer was arrested early Wednesday morning following his second overdose at a Yarmouth motel in a week. According to a Yarmouth police release, officers were dispatched to the Bayside Resort at 225 Roue 28 in West Yarmouth for an unresponsive male. Upon arrival, officers revived the man by using the opioid-reversing drug Narcan.
The man was identified as 50-year-old Edward M. Matz III of 25 Water Street, Apt. 2 in Milford, MA. Matz was transported to Cape Cod Hospital following the incident. This would be the second time Matz was revived during a heroin overdose in one week, police said. Earlier in the week, officers responded to the Ambassador Inn on Route 28 in South Yarmouth where Matz was also given Narcan following an overdose.
During Matz's second visit to Cape Cod Hospital, officers discovered he had an active warrant out of Orleans District Court. Following treatment at the hospital, Matz was arrested and transported to the Yarmouth Police Station where he was held overnight.
Looking into Matz's criminal history, police discovered 142 prior criminal charges in Massachusetts, several of which were felony drug dealing charges. Based on these findings, officers searched Matz's room at the Bayside Resort where they seized 29 knotted, corner-cut baggies each containing heroin.
During his arraignment in Barnstable District Court Wednesday morning, Matz answered to the fugitive from justice warrant plus a new charge of possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute.
(Right: The 29 baggies of heroin seized from Matz's motel room Wednesday. Yarmouth Police Department photo.)