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Stamford 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 WILLIAM REYES, also known as “Big Head,” 36, of Stamford, 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, REYES and John Koukouras utilized a residence located at 40 Guernsey Hill Road in Lagrangeville, New York, to grow, process and distribute marijuana.  The investigation revealed that REYES was also being supplied by an individual in New York City with large quantities of marijuana.  In July 2017, the marijuana supplier delivered approximately 40 pounds of marijuana to REYES in exchange for approximately $80,000.

REYES was arrested on July 26, 2017.  On that date, investigators conducted court-authorized searches of REYES’ Stamford residence and the Lagrangeville residence.  A search of the Stamford residence revealed approximately 18 kilograms of marijuana, paraphernalia associated with narcotics distribution, and $71,004 in cash, and a search of the Lagrangeville residence revealed 140 marijuana plants and related equipment.

Judge Arterton scheduled sentencing for March 30, 2018, at which time REYES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.  REYES also has agreed to forfeit his interest in both the $71,004 in cash seized from his residence, and a 2012 Toyota Camry.

REYES has been detained since his arrest.

Koukouras, of Eugene, Oregon, pleaded guilty to the same charge on November 15, 2017, and awaits 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 January 9, 2018

Drug Trafficking