BRISTOL - A city man is facing several felony charges after police allegedly found him illegally in possession of a number of guns.
Michael Bilodeau, 53, has been charged with five counts of criminal possession of a firearm or ammunition. He was arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court after his arrest June 28, when police searched his home, according to court officials.
During the search, police found a number of guns, including a .22-caliber rifle and a shotgun, Jeffrey Lee, the prosecutor, said during the hearing Monday. Bilodeau is a convicted felon, disqualifying him from having a gun.
Lee also said Bilodeau, following the search of his home, admitted to trading narcotics in exchange for the guns. The prosecutor questioned why police released Bilodeau on a $25,000 non-surety bond - which does not require any funds as collateral for release.
Lee called the release the “most irresponsible bit of policing” he has ever seen, in the midst of an argument to raise Bilodeau’s bond.
“It’s beyond my comprehension,” Lee continued. “That’s how specialized narcotics detectives act?”
“It ought to be a case study in the academy on how not to do police work.”
Peter Matthews, an attorney who represented Bilodeau during the bond argument, noted that police did not find any drugs during the search. He also said he believes at least one of the guns found could be a BB gun.
Judge Richard Dyer raised Bilodeau’s bond to $125,000 following the hearing. Bilodeau did not immediately post bail. He is due back in court on Aug. 22, and has not entered a plea.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.