Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Details are still forthcoming and no court date has been set for two former Del Norte County CHP officers arrested for allegedly carrying concealed weapons and bags of cash during a traffic stop earlier this month on Interstate 5.

According to a release from the Stanislaus County Central CHP Office, a K9 officer on duty Sept. 6 made a traffic enforcement stop on a white truck traveling northbound on Interstate 5 in Fresno County.

“During the course of the stop, the two male occupants of the Chevrolet identified themselves as retired peace officers,” the release stated. The driver was issued a citation.

A couple hours later, the same CHP officer reportedly saw the same pickup commit another violation and a second officer was requested. According to the CHP report, the officers located two loaded and concealed firearms and and two bags of money, the exact amount of which was not disclosed.

“Based on the firearms, currency and contradicting statements, the officers placed the two subjects into custody and transported them to the Merced area CHP Office,” the report said. “Task Force officers were then requested and responded to handle the investigation of the two subjects.” Charges listed in the report for Richard Barry and Brian Clemann were carrying a concealed weapon and possessing more than $100,000 obtained as a result of the unlawful sale, possession for sale, transportation or manufacturing of controlled substances.

Both were released and the matter was turned over to the Stanislaus County DA’s Office.

Information officers at the Stanislaus CHP office said no further information is being released about the arrest.

John Goold, an information officer with the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, said neither Barry or Clemann have a court date as of yet. He said that since the two were released from custody the case does not appear in DA records yet.

Barry is the owner of Full Metal Firearms in Crescent City.

Clemann unsuccessfully ran against Dean Wilson for sheriff in 2010. Clemann was found not guilty by a jury in 2015 of breaking into and burglarizing a CHP evidence room.

Crescent City CHP Commander Larry Depee confirmed that both Barry and Clemann are former employees of the Highway Patrol.

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