EEUU: Phillipston home raided in drug, money laundering case
Publicado el Aug. 10, 2012
PHILLIPSTON — A raid by the FBI, state and town police yesterday on a house on Riley Switch Road was linked to the indictment of seven people in connection with an alleged marijuana-sales operation. The suspects were indicted last Thursday on federal drug and money laundering charges.
Among those arrested were John and Tamara Kosta, also known as Costa, and Tamara Mihalakakis of 25 Riley Switch Road, a walled compound in a quiet neighborhood of single-family homes. Phillipston Police Chief Kevin Dodge said the house has been the source of local speculation as the walls went up around it since it was bought by the Kostas in 2005. He said the raid was run by the FBI Boston office and he is pleased with the result.
“It was a good day for Phillipston,” he said.
The Kostas were charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana, conspiracy to launder money, and money laundering.
Others arrested yesterday, all facing the same charges, were Dennis Novicki, Alexander Napoleon and Donald McCormick. Two unnamed co-conspirators have also been indicted.
Mr. McCormick, of Ipswich, is the only named conspirator being held outside of Massachusetts.
He was sentenced in April in South Dakota to eight years in prison after being convicted of possession of 947 pounds of marijuana.
Authorities did not immediately identify the residences of the other suspects.
The indictments cover a period from November 2009 to the present. Authorities allege that in Phillipston, Lynn and other Massachusetts communities the seven suspects conspired to possess and sell 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.
The authorities also said the Kostas bought property in Saugus, Danvers, Middleton, Peabody, Lynn and other communities with proceeds from drug sales.
If convicted, the seven accused face loss of property equal to the total amount of the drug offenses, including the houses at 45 Riley Switch Road; 100 Summit St., Orange; 325 Water St., Fitchburg; 339-341 Water St., Fitchburg, and seven lots in Perry, Maine, and the buildings on them.
If any of the property is not available for forfeiture, then the seven could also face forfeiture of 1 Barre Road, Phillipston; 390 Highland Ave., Phillipston; a property on Spring Street in Petersham; lot 2 on Wellington Road in Templeton; 181 Krainewood Drive, Moultonboro, N.H., and 359 Maple St., Lynn.
Also, seizure warrants were issued for a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix, a 2010 Seadoo water craft and several bank accounts and safety deposit boxes held by the Kostas, according to court documents.
Other than releasing the indictments, Christina Sterling, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Boston, said no other information was immediately available on the raid.
The Kostas and the other named conspirators are scheduled for arraignment and a detention hearing at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Boston.