Police Seize Drugs, Vehicles During Raid at Groton Business

Police have arrested a 31-year-old Groton man on drug and weapons charges after a raid at U.S. Wholesalers, a vehicle wholesaler located at 114 South Road, in Groton on Monday morning. They also seized several vehicles.

The raid was part of an investigation into the sales of heroin and opioids in southeastern Connecticut, officials said on Monday afternoon.

Police believe the suspect was obtaining the heroin in bulk, cutting it, packaging it and selling it at the street level. 

Police said they seized drugs, a weapon, along with business assets, including three campers and five cars, including a Bentley luxury sedan and several commercial vehicles, ATVs, motorcycles and motor-scooters, police said. 

"A lot of the narcotics trafficking, they are not leaving their money out for us to locate. Their actually investigating it into properties and/or merchandise that they can liquidate when they need it, but still have it there and try hide it from law enforcement officials," Lt. John W. Varone, detective commander for the Groton Police Department, said. 

The suspect is being held on a $500,000 bond.  

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