Guilty plea in cocaine sting

Crime | Former Nashua man set to be sentenced in trafficking case.

CONCORD – A Manchester man pleaded guilty last week to a federal charge of trafficking cocaine in Nashua last July.

U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced Luis D. Capo-Nieves, 33, formerly of Nashua, pleaded guilty March 1 to possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Capo-Nieves is scheduled for sentencing on June 12.

Wilfredo Tanon Rodriguez, the other individual involved with Capo-Nieves during the July 1 incident, recently pleaded guilty to a related charge.

Police reports indicate Rodriguez and Capo-Nieves were arrested following an undercover stakeout that was conducted after numerous complaints of illegal drug activity at the Amherst Park Apartments. Nashua officers reportedly seized about 279 grams of cocaine – worth about $10,000 – as a result of the surveillance at the Amherst Street apartments.

According to police reports, Capo-Nieves was operating a beige 2000 Lincoln LS with tinted front windows that pulled alongside a parked green 1999 Volkswagen Jetta when the incident occurred. Capo-Nieves handed a large Doritos bag to Rodriguez near the end of the deal, with police saying a container with the cocaine was found inside.

Police also discovered $1,019 in cash on Capo-Nieves at the time of his arrest.

This isn’t Capo-Nieves’ first run-in with the law here.

In April 2012, police in Massachusetts arrested Capo-Nieves on a warrant for allegedly firing a gun during an altercation on Ledge Street in Nashua. He was charged at the time with first-degree assault for reportedly firing two shots at another man near Willow Street.