MERIDEN — A city man was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges related to possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine and other drugs in February.
Jonathan Rivers, 38, of 109 Arch St., was indicted on two counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, one count of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. The indictment was returned July 8 and unsealed July 10.
Rivers was arrested by Meriden police on Feb. 26 after authorities said they search a disabled vehicle on his property and found 700 grams of marijuana, 620 grams of cocaine, 59 grams of heroin/fentanyl, 36 grams of crack cocaine, over 200 pills, a Highpoint Model HCP .40 caliber handgun, a Smith and Wesson Model 629-1 44 Magnum Revolver, a Romanian Model TTC 9mm handgun and 18 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition.
About $2,300 in cash and packaging materials were also found, according to Meriden police. Crack cocaine was also found in a vehicle Rivers had driven earlier that day.
In a press release, John H. Durham, the United States Attorney for Connecticut, said the most serious drug possession charge has a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison and a maximum term 40 years, and the firearm offenses carry a maximum term of 10 years on each count.
Rivers spent more than nine years in prison after being convicted in connection with the slaying of Juan Disla, a rival drug dealer. In 2000, Rivers worked for drug dealer Miguel Estrella, according to court documents. The two teamed up with two other men to kidnap Disla, steal his drugs and murder him. Rivers was initially charged with conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree assault. In exchange for his testimony, prosecutors agreed to drop all but the kidnapping charge.
Rivers appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven federal court on July 10 and was released on a $250,000 bond, with the condition that he be confined to his home.