DELRAY BEACH – Jovani Alexander Caprio knew that his Delray Beach townhouse was filled with drugs and cash.
But when he was asked by members of a Palm Beach County sheriff’s drug task force if they could check the home on the 100 block of Coconut Key Lane despite not having a warrant, Caprio agreed and even showed the agents inside the residence.
Among the findings were around 40 pounds of marijuana, 15 pounds of marijuana edibles, 3 Glock handguns, cocaine and more than $300,000 in cash stashed inside safes and a vehicle. Two Rolex watches were also seized.
Caprio, 22, is facing charges of money laundering of $100,000 or more, marijuana trafficking, cocaine trafficking and possessing a property for trafficking, sale or manufacture of a controlled substance. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Saturday after posting a $50,000 bond.
According to court documents, law-enforcement officials believe Caprio was part of a narcotics organization “that deals large amounts of marijuana, hashish and THC edibles.”
Caprio was seen by task-force agents several times Aug. 9 arriving at a residence in the 100 block of Buffet Key in Boynton Beach and carrying a large brown box from his car trunk inside the home, according to the documents.
One agent wrote that “it appeared that Mr. Caprio was delivering narcotics to (the Boynton Beach) residence for purposes of sale and distribution, and then Mr. Caprio would take the proceeds back to his own residence.”
A search warrant was served by a SWAT team on the Boynton Beach home on Aug. 9 . The owner was “secured,” but there is no indication in jail records that the man was arrested.
As the search warrant was being served in Boynton Beach, other agents were arriving at Caprio’s Delray Beach home.
Caprio and his girlfriend were briefly detained and handcuffed, but then released, according to court documents. Told that authorities were conducting a narcotics investigation, Caprio allegedly gave his permission to search his residence.
Agents immediately “noticed a strong smell of raw marijuana,” upon entering the home.
PBSO has asked in a court filing that Caprio and a second man who lives in the Delray Beach home forfeit the $300,000-plus that was seized in his home.