WILMINGTON — A local man was sentenced Wednesday on 2019 charges of drug conspiracy and robbery, which he pleaded guilty to last fall.
Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II sentenced Frank Anthony Capuano to 164 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine and interference with commerce by robbery and aiding and abetting.
Capuano pleaded guilty Oct. 21, 2021. Two years prior, a Wilmington Police Department investigation — aided by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the New Hanover and the Pender county sheriff’s offices — determined Capuano and another individual robbed a local residence and stole marijuana vape pens.
As well, WPD detectives found Capuano was distributing methamphetamine — around 460 grams between March and September 2019 — across southeastern North Carolina, including New Hanover County.
Law enforcement conducted several controlled purchases from Capuano and arrested him Sept. 17, 2019. A search warrant was executed at Capuano’s house, wherein officers found $4,000.
Capuano’s case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which works toward reducing violent crime. The evidence-based program features stakeholders banding together to devise solutions that properly address issues.
“PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime,” according to a press release.
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