Hamden Man Charged with Illegally Possessing Explosives
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian C. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging KENNETH LUPOLI, 57, of Hamden, with one count of possession of explosives by a convicted felon.
The indictment was returned on September 6, 2019, and Lupoli was arrested this morning at his home in Hamden. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector in New Haven and was released on a $100,000 bond.
As alleged in the indictment, on May 28, 2019, Lupoli possessed several explosives, including fireworks, fuses, and salutes. Lupoli’s criminal history includes state felony convictions for illegal possession of explosives and criminal possession of a pistol or revolver.
It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of an offense punishable by more than one year of imprisonment to possess any explosive that has been transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
If convicted of the charge, Lupoli faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj N. Patel.