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Boston cop pleads not guilty to explosives charges

July 12, 2013

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Boston police officer has been freed on bail after authorities say they found a cache of military grade explosives at the Plymouth home where he used to live.

Officer Kirk Merricks pleaded not guilty Friday to 11 counts of illegal possession of explosives, four counts of receiving stolen property, and one count of possession of ammunition.

Plymouth Chief Michael Botieri says Merricks’ estranged wife, who still lives in the home, alerted police. He said investigators believe the items were stolen because they aren’t available for purchase by the general public.

Merrick’s attorney Eric Goldman said there’s no evidence linking the explosives to his client, saying they could belong to a son of Merrick’s wife.

Boston police have placed Merricks on paid administrative leave and taken his handgun and badge. He has worked for the department since 1999.

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