BEVERLY — A Beverly man is facing up to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty yesterday of taking part in a conspiracy to rob the occupants of a Saugus apartment whom he believed to be cocaine traffickers.
Ramone Arakelow, 36, was found guilty following a three-day trial in U.S. District Court.
Prosecutors alleged that Arakelow and two other men plotted the robbery — but were actually the targets of a reverse sting set up by law enforcement. The three were stopped early on the morning of Feb. 11, 2011, in Saugus, where they met with a person who turned out to be working for the investigators. Police later found plastic zip ties, duct tape and rubber gloves.
Judge Richard Stearns set sentencing for May 15. In addition to the 20-year prison term, Arakelow could face up to $250,000 in fines.