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Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Marijuana Trafficking Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN G. KOUKOURAS, 40, of Eugene, Oregon, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2017, KOUKOURAS and an individual in Connecticut utilized a residence located at 40 Guernsey Hill Road in Lagrangeville, New York, to grow, process and distribute marijuana.  On July 26, 2017, investigators executed a federal search warrant at the New York residence and seized 140 marijuana plants and equipment used to grow, process and distribute marijuana.

KOUKOURAS was arrested in Oregon on September 14, 2017.  At the time of his arrest, he possessed an additional approximately 50 marijuana plants and equipment used to grow and process marijuana.

Judge Arterton scheduled sentencing for February 7, 2018, at which time KOUKOURAS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.  KOUKOURAS is released on a $25,000 bond pending sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Stamford Police Department and New York State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and Sarala V. Nagala.

Updated November 15, 2017

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