Drug Dealers Reportedly Use Historic Shriver Home For Fentanyl Trafficking

By McCarton Ackerman 01/30/17

The Kennedy Shriver family reportedly had no idea the illicit activity was taking place on the historic property. 

Troy Monteiro, Trevor Rose and Ariel Price-Perry
Trevor Rose, Troy Monteiro and Ariel Price-Perry Photo via YouTube

A home owned by the Kennedy Shriver family may have been hosting activity that wasn't exactly presidential, according to police in Cape Cod, who arrested three alleged drug dealers for doing illegal business at the residence.

Last Thursday (Jan. 26), the Barnstable Police Department announced the arrest of Troy Monteiro and Trevor Rose, both 29, along with Monteiro’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Ariel Price-Perry.

Monteiro was charged with two counts of trafficking and conspiracy to violate a controlled substance. Rose was charged with one count of trafficking, while Price-Perry was charged with impeding a police investigation and conspiracy to violate a controlled substance. All three suspects are being held on $100,000 bail.

The home is owned by the family of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, but they reportedly had no idea the illicit activity was taking place on the property. Eunice was the sister of former President John F. Kennedy.

Barnstable police reported that the trio hid large quantities of fentanyl at the summer residence in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, then distributed the drugs to local dealers. The on-site property caretaker, who has still not been identified, allegedly allowed the activity to take place. Investigators claim that Monteiro tried to flee the scene in order to retrieve 200 grams of fentanyl said to be worth $40,000, according to the New York Daily News.

Members of the Kennedy family have openly struggled with drug use and mental health issues. Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman who served on the U.S. House of Representatives until 2011, has admitted to struggling with bipolar disorder. He got sober in 2011 and detailed his battles with both depression and drug use in his 2015 memoir A Common Struggle.

Since stepping down from the House of Representatives, Kennedy has become a vocal advocate for mental illness and addiction awareness. He’s repeatedly called for change by pointing out that the government spends less money on mental health than physical health.

“We have to flood the system with more money to build it up with more counselors, to build more facilities, get reimbursement for therapies, for treatment in schools, the criminal justice system and the workforce,” he told The Press of Atlantic City last October. “This thing has got to be a key part of us, as a nation, so that we can be all that we can be.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.