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Court records detail operations of alleged drug ring
He also told him to get to Koustas’ house and remove the box on his bureau, the shoe box in the downstairs closet, the “moll” (“Molly” or MDMA, the drug known as ecstasy) and Inositol, a substance added to cocaine to increase its volume. And, he said, have “Jenny,” Koustas’ girlfriend, Jennifer Suk Day, get the “gats” from the box in his drawer.
Derry ultimately found Koustas’ abandoned car and him walking nearby. He was arrested.
The hookup with a Canadian drug ring apparently began when Nakos was serving a 5-to-10 year sentence for drug and weapons charges at the New Hampshire State Prison.
Law enforcement had found two stash houses, both in Vermont that year, and had arrested a member of the drug ring who identified Nakos as the intended recipient of all the marijuana the ring smuggled into the state from Canada.
All that changed in November 2012, when New Hampshire State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began focusing on Nakos and Koustas, according to an affidavit by Trooper James R. Norris.
Koustas told the informant he didn’t have to worry about the Hells Angels in New Hampshire collecting the debt, he instead had to worry about the Vancouver Hells Angels coming to collect.
At one point, the undercover officers gave the informant $1,000 to pay Koustas, which the informant did, saying he wanted to work out a payment plan of about a $1,000 a week.
The drug network consisted of members who acted as lookouts and security, ensuring whoever was the immediate boss wasn’t ripped off.
The ring included Robert Vargas of Manchester, a convicted murderer who on Dec. 28, 1986, executed Heribeto “Blanco” Pichardo, 31, of Lawrence, Mass., in an incident in Nashua. Vargas was sentenced to 27 years to life and was released last year.
Christopher Ranfos of 241 Boutwell St., Apt. 1, was with him. They told the trooper they were heading to Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Conn.
Then it was Nakos’ turn. He, too, had wads of $100 bills in both his pants’ pockets. He refused to let the trooper search the car or his luggage.
Thirteen days later, Koustas was involved in the police chase.
“Let it be known I am arrest(ed),” he told Frank Fowle, Charles’ brother, in a 2:57 p.m. phone call. He was signaling his associates to get rid of the evidence and get out of town, according to investigators.
Police, in searching Koustas’s home and cars that day, recovered two pounds of MDMA; two bottles of Inositol; a Royal Sovereign money counter; a .40 caliber Ruger P94 and a .45 caliber Glock 30; 12 cell phones; rounds of ammunition, and a pound of vacuum sealed marijuana.
Investigators said the duffel bag was used to illegally bring in 50 pounds of marijuana from Canada.
Nakos applied for a court-appointed attorney, saying he was financially unable to hire counsel. It was approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrea Johnstone. Concord Attorney Robert Carey was then appointed.
Investigators have not released any details of the raids or the arrests.
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