The Following is a brief summary to incident/investigation #22064740.
Members of the Somerville Police Community Action Team have been conducting an investigation regarding illegal drug activity that was allegedly occurring in the area of XX Oxford Street. This narcotic investigation was started due to an email Ward X City Councilor XXXX sent to Somerville’s Chief of Police Charles Femino. In this email Councilor XXXX notified Chief Femino that a number of his constituents reached out to him concerned about what they believe to be ongoing drug-dealing at and around the area of XX Oxford St.
These constitutes asked to remain anonymous and asked him to make a request to investigate, as they are concerned about possible violence that could arise. They report a regular stream of people pulling up and appearing to make exchanges at this address and multiple surrounding locations. Councilor XXXX didn’t have additional details, but wanted to put in this request.
Several citizen complaints regarding what was perceived as illegal drug activity occurring in the area of Oxford Street also came into the Police Department.
Within the last few months Members of the Somerville Police Community Action Team have been conducting surveillance in the area of XX Oxford Street. During that time period Detectives have observed Anthony Capobianco (DOB XXXX), conducting what was perceived as drug deals.
Capobianco would be seen leaving his residence of XX Oxford Street, where he would meet individuals waiting in the area of Oxford Street/Trull Lane and he would conduct a brief hand exchange with those waiting individuals and after those hand exchanges he would walk back to his residence. Based on my training and experience these observations with Capobianco and the waiting individuals are consistent with that of a street level drug transaction
Capobianco would also be seen leaving his residence of XX Oxford Street, where he walk down Oxford Street, taking a left onto Trull Lane, where he would walk onto Highland Ave and meet individuals that were waiting inside their parked vehicles. Capobianco would end up reaching in the drivers window of the vehicles and conduct a brief hand exchange with those waiting individuals. After those hand exchanges Capobianco would walk back to his residence. Based on my training and experience these observations with Capobianco and the waiting individuals inside their vehicles are consistent with that of a street level drug transaction.
Capobianco would also be seen leaving his residence of XX Oxford Street at times, where he would enter vehicles waiting in front of his house where he would end up going for a short (meaningless) car ride, where he would end up getting dropped off back in front of his residence. I would like to point out, that it is common during a street level drug transaction that a drug dealer is picked up by their cliental in their vehicle and brings them on a short/pointless ride. This is a known tactic used by drug distributors in order for them to make a quick drug transaction in the privacy of a vehicle. This is done in a discreet manner in order to elude any witnesses and to elude the Police of the illegal drug transaction. This is known to Narcotics Detectives as a “meaningless Ride”. Based on my training and experience the behaviors displayed by the individuals during the course of these observations were consistent with that of a street level drug transaction.
On November 11, 2022, At 9:00 AM, Detective Sergeant Rego and Detective Cicerone and I set up surveillance in the area of XX Oxford Street. At 10:15 am, I observed Capobianco crossing the street from the area of XX Oxford Street, where he entered the front passenger seat of a black Toyota Corolla (Ma reg XXXX). At this point I notified Sergeant Rego and Detective Cicerone of my observations. This vehicle then began to leave the area traveling down Oxford Street towards Central Street.
At this point Detectives began to follow this vehicle as Capobianco was seated in the front passenger seat. This vehicle proceeded to make several stops within the City Of Somerville. I did identify the operator of this vehicle as the registered owner XXXX (DOB XXXX), who for the remainder of this report will be known as JV1.
One of the stops that was made by Capobianco and JV1 was in the area of XX Flint Street where the vehicle pulled over and parked across the street from the area of XX Flint Street. Shortly after Detective Cicerone observed a white male approach the drivers side of this vehicle where this white male reached into the drivers side window. This male shortly turned around and crossed the street where he entered one of the residences in close proximity to Capobianco and JV1. Based on my training and experience this observation was consistent with that of a street level drug transaction.
Capobianco and JV1 then left the area and made another stop in the area of Wesley Park. Shortly after this stop they drove to the area of School Street and Oxford Street where they parked on the left side of School Street. Shortly after I observed a male later identified as XXXX (DOB XXXX), who for the remainder of this report will be known as JV2 and female later identified as XXXX (DOB XXXX), who for the remainder of this report will be known as JV3 walking down School Street towards the front passenger side of the black Toyota Corolla (Ma reg XXXX) that Capobianco and JV1 were in. Once they approached the front passenger side of the vehicle, I observed JV3 counting an unknown amount of money, after the money was counted JV3 handed it to Capobianco and shortly Capobianco handed JV2 an item. Based on my training and experience this observation was consistent with that of a street level drug transaction.
JV2 and JV3 then began to walk up School Street towards Highland Ave and Capobianco and JV1 then left the area were they took a right onto Oxford Street where they ended up parking in the area of XX Oxford Street.
At this point I exited my vehicle with my Police Badge visible on my chest and approached JV2 and JV3, to conduct a threshold inquiry. As i walked up to them, i observed that they were both looking at and examining a bag of Marijuana that JV2 had in his hand. At this point I Identified myself as Police to both of them. I then asked where they just came from and JV3 stated “that lady ratted us out”. I then asked them if they just purchased the Marijuana from the male in the front passenger seat of the vehicle and they stated yes. JV2 and JV3 stated that they paid fifty dollars for the bag of Marijuana (preliminary weight 10 grams). Shortly after JV2 and JV3 identified there names and ages to me. At this point I terminated my conversation with them and seized the bag of Marijuana. Both parents/guardians of JV2 and JV3 were shortly contacted by me and notified of the incident. Both JV2 and JV3 were shortly sent on their way.
At this point I notified Sergeant Rego and Detective Cicerone over my two way radio of my interaction with JV2 and JV3. Shortly after they approached the vehicle to conduct a threshold inquiry. Once they approached the vehicle they had both Capobianco and JV1 step out. Capobianco who had a army fatigue colored cross body bag on was then placed under arrest. Incident to arrest, Sergeant Rego located fifty dollars in US currency inside Capobianco left front pant pocket. This US currency is consistent with JV2 and JV3 statements to me.
In Capobianco’s army fatigue colored cross body bag, Detective Cicerone located a bag containing 54 grams of Marijuana and a digital weigh scale. The large amount of marijuana found along with the digital weigh scale is consistent with someone who will possess the marijuana with the intent to distribute them.
Anthony Capobianco was shortly then transported to Somerville Police Headquarters, were he was booked by Sgt Kim.
Anthony Capobianco will be charged with :
-C94C/32C Possess to Distribute Class D
-C94C/32C/A Distribute Class D
Please see Detective Cicerone supplement report regarding this incident.
Detective J Costa #301