The former member of Charlotte's Occupy movement was arrested early Sunday morning with guns, drugs and interesting documents in his car said Thursday he is not the terrorist some might think.
"No, no. I'm somebody that you need to invite over to your house and have some pizza," Gifford Cordova said.
Gifford said he is a musician who works with children and loves the outdoors, but after what they found early Sunday, police had some questions.
About 2 a.m. Sunday, police found Cordova parked on a country road west of the airport with a 19-year-old girl he calls his friend and business partner.
What officers found in their car certainly does raise some questions: notes and information about the NATO meeting in Chicago two months ago that drew thousands of protestors, pictures of buildings in uptown Charlotte and three guns along with live ammunition.
"Whatever they're saying about me, it's a lot of nonsense and they know what they're doing," Cordova said.
Cordova did not want to talk on camera about what police found in his car.
He did say that the guns are his legally and that he and his friend are working on a documentary, which is why they had the information about the NATO conference and pictures of uptown Charlotte’s buildings.
Cordova said he has an attorney and is determined to clear his name.
"Yeah, yeah. I'm going to fight this. This is wrong and something has to be said about it," Codova said.