Published 2 p.m. Monday
A Milford man who called police early Sunday to report a possible intruder now faces drug and bomb-making charges after police found cocaine and explosive materials inside his home, police said.
Derek Meyers, 28, of 76 Pond St., is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.
Police said they encountered Meyers holding a handgun when the first responding officers arrived about 4:35 a.m. Sunday. Officers took the weapon and then checked the house, police said.
No other people were located inside the house, police said.
Instead, they found a grenade-style canister, suspected cocaine, a hypodermic needle, suspected drug paraphernalia and a bucket filled with materials for making explosives, police said.
The Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad was contacted to investigate further and neighbors were ordered to evacuate their homes.
Police said authorities found several hazardous materials and a homemade device that appeared to have an electronic receiver attached to the top for remote detonation.
“Also discovered were several powders and electrical components which could be used to make homemade explosive devices,” police said.
The execution of a subsequent search warrant yielded additional explosive devices, including smoke bombs and smoke grenades, police said.
“One of the smoke grenades had been altered with a remote receiver switch and flash powder,” police said. “Additionally, several powders – potassium nitrate, ammonium nitrate, flash powder – and nitric acid were discovered and seized.”
cocaine later tested positive, police said.
Area residents were given the OK to re-enter their homes in the early afternoon.
Meyers is charged with illegal manufacture of bombs, illegal possession of fireworks, illegal possession of explosives, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Property records show the home is owned by William and Laureen Meyers. They purchased 76 Pond St. in 1983 and the current assessed value is $775,000.