North Carolina man sentenced to more than nine years in prison, five years of supervised release for drug, firearm charges

Published 6:11 am Thursday, November 17, 2022

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An Ahoskie man was sentenced Tuesday, November 15, 2022 117 months in prison and five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of that drug crime, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Capone Ridley, 29, pleaded guilty to the charges on August 10, 2022.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, on May 21, 2020, the Ahoskie Police Department received a call to Hill Street in Ahoskie regarding a domestic assault by Ridley. “When officers arrived, the victim-caller was on scene, but Ridley had left,” stated the release. “The victim told officers that Ridley had assaulted her after a dispute over missing money and that she knew he carried a firearm,”

The victim provided consent for law enforcement to search the house and as she reviewed the consent form with law enforcement, Ridley called her, according to the release. “She then put the call on speakerphone so that the officers could hear the conversation,” the release continued. “Ridley instructed the victim not to let officers search the house, but she told him it was too late.”

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“During the search, officers found a bag containing 24 grams of a mixture of powder cocaine and cocaine base in the master bedroom. In a bathroom closet, in a black and yellow bookbag, officers found two bags containing over 100 grams of powder cocaine,” stated the release. “Also in the closet, they located a Roman/Cugir Micro Draco 7.62mm pistol with a fully loaded barrel magazine. The victim told officers that the drugs and gun belonged to Ridley.”

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Ahoskie Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake D. Pugh.