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A Massachusetts man, who was arrested on Aug.18, 2016 in connection with drug trafficking charges, is shown in two booking photos, one with his disguise and one without. (Credit: CNN)

When Massachusetts law enforcement surrounded the house of a 31-year-old suspected drug dealer Thursday, the person in the home didn’t initially match the description.

That’s because police encountered what appeared to be an elderly man.

Authorities had been looking for a much younger Shaun Miller, who police say was suspected of drug trafficking.

“Upon further investigation, officers determined that the ‘elderly man’ was in fact Miller,” Yarmouth police said in a press release. “At that point, officers pulled off Miller’s realistic disguise and placed him under arrest.”

Police said they seized two loaded weapons and almost $30,000 in cash.

Miller was one of over a dozen people named in a federal drug trafficking indictment in April, and was considered a fugitive. He was detained on a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Miller’s attorney, James Cipoletta, says his client denies involvement and will plead not guilty.

Miller is scheduled to appear — likely without a disguise — on August 31 at U.S. District Court in Boston.