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

Crime scene tape and police lights. (Dreamstime/TNS)
September 08, 2023

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.