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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Stamford Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Trafficking Marijuana

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILLIAM REYES, also known as “Big Head,” 36, of Stamford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 41 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking 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 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.

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 ordered REYES 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.  On January 5, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

Koukouras and Garcia pleaded guilty to related charges.  On February 7, 2018, Koukouras was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment.  Garcia 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.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated March 29, 2018