August 26, 2015
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
Manchester Man Convicted Of Operating Continuing Criminal Enterprise
CONCORD, N.H. - Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith announced that Alkis (“Nakos”), age 36, was convicted by a federal jury of operating a Continuing Criminal Enterprise, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 848, and of engaging in a conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, (a/k/a Ecstasy) and in excess of 1000 kilograms of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.
Testimony and other evidence during the week-long trial established that between 2008 and 2014 Nakos was part of a Drug Trafficking (“DTO”) centered in Canada and led by Mihail Leventis, a Canadian citizen. The DTO was responsible for the transportation of large quantities of marijuana into the United States by various methods, including 1000-pound loads delivered by tractor trailers. The marijuana destined for New Hampshire was packaged in Home Depot boxes or black hockey bags and typically labeled “NH,” a reference Nakos, the intended recipient of the marijuana.
The investigation revealed that Nakos obtained and distributed significant quantities of marijuana and (a/k/a Ecstasy). Nakos directed one of his coconspirators, Kosmas Koustas, to obtain marijuana for distribution from DTO members located in Worcester and Millbury, Massachusetts. After Koustas obtained the marijuana he transported it to New Hampshire and then distributed it to numerous coconspirators for further distribution.
On March 30, 2014, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence of Kosmas Koustas. During the search, law enforcement seized a shoebox containing approximately two pounds of MDMA, firearms, and one pound, vacuum-sealed package containing marijuana. The packaging of the one pound of marijuana contained the letters “NH” and “Grand Master” written across the top.
Alkis Nakos is scheduled to be sentenced on December 18, 2015. Each of the counts contained in the Indictment carry a 20 year minimum mandatory term of incarceration. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the US Customs and Border Patrol, the New Hampshire State Police, the Massachusetts State Police, the Manchester, New Hampshire, Police Department, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, the Oklahoma State Police, and the Pittsburg, New Hampshire, Police Department.