A new Canaanite officer appears in court on charges related to explosives and weapons 2022-04-30 14:36:00


Bridgeport, Connecticut (WFSB) – The new Canaan police officer is set to face a Bridgeport judge Friday on explosives and weapons charges.

David W. was arrested. Rivera Thursday, on a warrant, charged him with unlawful possession of explosives, unlawful storage of explosives, unlawful possession of an offensive weapon, unlawful stockpiling of a firearm, and three counts of improper transfer of a firearm.

An affidavit of arrest provided by police said that during a search of Rivera’s home in Stratford, quantities of improperly stored high explosives were found. Police said Rivera used explosives in his work training working dogs for various organizations. The memo stated that Rivera did not have a permit to possess high explosives, and it was also found that he was in possession of an assault weapon.

The investigation was conducted by the Stratford Police Department, the Naugatuck Police Department, the Western Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad, and the State Police Explosive Squad in conjunction with the Fairfield Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

An arrest warrant was obtained after a search of Rivera’s Stratford home.

“Many police agencies have been meticulous and professional, and are moving quickly to address this situation,” said Joseph Corradino, a state attorney for Fairfield. Corradino emphasized that the charges against Rivera were mere accusations and that he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Corradino said that illegal possession of explosives and illegal storage of explosives are non-secret crimes punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Possession of an assault weapon is a Class D felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Illegal transportation of a firearm is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Rivera ran a dog training company, Black Rock Annies, in Naugatok. It was work recently Investigation by many Connecticut agencies.

According to the arrest warrant, two former Rivera employees raised concerns. The memo says Rivera told one of those employees that he did not have a license to carry explosives. The memo indicated that the worker was also interested in how the explosives were stored.

“None of the explosives has been stored in a manner that has never been seen before,” the note read.

According to the memo, 24 explosive materials were taken from Rivera’s home, nearly half of them as high explosive.

In court, Rivera’s attorney said the explosives were used in Rivera’s dog training sessions.

A new Canaanite officer appears in court on charges related to explosives and weapons

This is the implication that it is a terrorist store, and it has made threats against people or anything like that. The allegations here, if they were illegal, and that would be a question to be determined, would surface with a question of negligence or a lack of specific knowledge, and that wouldn’t be an excuse, but whether that would be a mitigation,” says attorney Josh Golash.

The memo says that Rivera must know as a certified police officer, that paperwork must be completed for proper possession of firearms.

According to the agent, Rivera did not say anything about this matter.

In court, Goulash emphasized that the guns authorities took from Ramirez’s home were legally his property, and that he was upfront about the weapons that weren’t.

He cooperated with the police at the time of the search, your honor. He told the police that some of the guns in that house were his, and that some of the guns in his house belonged to someone else. “He has identified who that person is, and where the items will be located,” Goulash said.

The bond is set on the warrant at $250,000. His lawyer tried to lower his bond to $50,000, but the judge kept it at $250,000

He is due to return to court on May 10.

A new Canaanite officer appears in court on charges related to explosives and weapons

A new Canaanite officer appears in court on charges related to explosives and weapons