Groton PD make arrest in tainted heroin sale investigation

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Groton police have arrested two men after an investigation into the sale of tainted heroin.

Law enforcement agencies across the state have been working to combat the heroin epidemic in the area. On Friday, Groton police arrested 25-year-old Herbert Villarini of New London and 20-year-old Daquan Lancaster of Uncasville.

Police found and seized over 10 grams of heroin packaged for sale, cash, and two cell phones from Villarini. Later, police say they found out the heroin seized tested positive for the presumptive presence of fentanyl, which has been reported as the cause of recent overdoses. Villarini is charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to sell, and possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.

According to police, Villarini is a convicted felon and currently has four pending cases.

During the investigation, police found and seized over 3.5 grams of cocaine, cash, and a cell phone from Lancaster. He is charged with possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell, possession of narcotics, and failure to keep narcotics in proper container.

Police say Lancaster is currently on probation for second-degree assault and is also a convicted felon.

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