An auto body repair shop is facing licensing code violations after the owner was arrested on drug and ammunition charges when detectives raided the garage.
The Brockton police narcotics unit executed a search warrant at D&G Auto Body, at 8 Perkins St., about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28. Detectives applied for and were granted a warrant following a weeks-long narcotics investigation.
Brockton police detectives, state police, a state Department of Correction canine unit and a city police dog and his handler entered the garage armed with the warrant and found seven people.
One of those men was identified by police as Gregorio Pereira, the 59-year-old owner of the auto body shop. Pereira and the other men, none of whom work at the business, according to police, were all detained as detectives executed the warrant.
“Inside the office area of the repair shop, they found 30 .40-caliber rounds of ammunition under a counter within a tool bag,” said police Detective Sgt. Michael Dennehy. “They also located 22 7.26 rounds of rifle ammunition found under the counter.”
Also under the counter, detectives located 10.8 grams of fentanyl inside a glove in that office, Dennehy said. Police also located a safe and digital scale under the filing cabinet, he said.
Inside a filing cabinet in the office, detectives found 0.6 grams of crack cocaine in a pill bottle, Dennehy said. They also seized a box containing 23.5 grams of an unknown powder that will require further testing to determine what the drug is, he said. They found eight Seroquel tablets on a counter, he said.
Inside another room, police found an additional digital scale and packaging materials consistent with narcotics distribution, Dennehy said.
One of the men found inside the garage, 50-year-old Rui Vicente, was arrested on a warrant. The other five men were released after police say they were checked for potential drugs and weapons. Police say all the men beside the owner told detectives they do not work at the shop and were only there “smoking marijuana.”
Pereira, of 19 Wallace St., Brockton, was charged with trafficking fentanyl, illegal possession of ammunition, distributing a Class B drug and distributing a Class E drug.