Groton Town police arrest 3 on drug, gun charges

Groton — Town police on Monday arrested three people and seized drugs and a handgun during an operation of the Regional Community Enhancement Task Force.

According to police, officers were set up outside a town establishment just before noon when they pulled a vehicle over on Kings Highway for unspecified reasons. Police said the resulting investigation led officers to a hotel room, where they seized powder cocaine, crack cocaine and a .45-caliber handgun.

Police linked the handgun to Jonathan Colon, 26, of Meriden and charged him with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of a firearm.

Police also charged 35-year-old Denetria L. Griffin, of 1 Farnsworth St., Apt. 2, New London, with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace.

A third person, 41-year-old Trevor Julius, was charged with sale of narcotics and risk of injury to a minor. The latter charge was levied because Julius had a toddler with him, according to police.

Julius lives at 65 W. Coit St. in New London. Because he was on parole, police said he was returned to state custody and is due March 20 in New London Superior Court.

Each held on $50,000 bonds, Griffin and Colon were scheduled to appear in the same court Tuesday.

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