New London firefighter faces second arrest in a week

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New London — A New London Fire Department lieutenant, charged last week in Groton with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was charged on a warrant Tuesday with possession of suspected heroin.

Police said they charged Rocco Basilica, 53, of Oakdale by warrant with one count of possession of narcotics, related to discovery of suspected heroin during admission to a local hospital earlier this month.

Basilica was released on a nonsurety bond. New London police declined to provide any further information on the arrest.

Basilica, a longtime city firefighter and former head of the union, has been out of work for months because of a work-related injury.

He was suspended with pay following his Feb. 14 arrest by Groton City Police on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving an unregistered motor vehicle. In that case, police said they responded to a 3:09 p.m. call of a driver passed out in a vehicle on Bridge Street.

He is due in New London Superior Court on Feb. 28 on the Groton arrest. 

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