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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Oregon Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Trafficking Marijuana

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN G. KOUKOURAS, 40, of Eugene, Oregon, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking marijuana.  Judge Arterton also ordered KOUKOURAS to pay a $4,000 fine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2017, KOUKOURAS and William Reyes, of Stamford, 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 Lagrangeville residence and seized approximately 140 marijuana plants and equipment used to grow, process and distribute marijuana.

On September 14, 2017, KOUKOURAS was arrested at 720 Brookside Drive in Eugene.  On that date, investigators searched the residence and seized approximately 50 marijuana plants and equipment used to grow and process marijuana.

The investigation also revealed that Reyes was being supplied with large quantities of marijuana by Gustavo Garcia, of Queens, New York.  In July 2017, Garcia delivered approximately 40 pounds of marijuana to Reyes in exchange for approximately $80,000.

On November 15, 2017, KOUKOURAS pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

Judge Arterton ordered KOUKOURAS to report to prison on March 13, 2018.  He is released on a $25,000 bond.

Reyes and Garcia have pleaded guilty to related charges and await 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.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 7, 2018