Connecticut man found guilty of drug conspiracy
DAVENPORT – On Feb. 7, 2014, a 12-member jury found Michael G. Efthimiatos, 35, of Danbury, Conn., guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. The trial began on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Michael Efthimiatos was charged along with his brother, Angelo Efthimiatos, and the jury concluded that Michael Efthimiatos was a member of the conspiracy with his brother.
Angelo Efthimiatos was arrested on Feb. 19, 2013, in Washington, after he landed an airplane at the Washington Municipal Airport. The airplane contained approximately 55 pounds of high-grade marijuana. Angelo Efthimiatos pleaded guilty on Dec. 20, 2013, to conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana, and a separate charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Washington, Iowa, Police Department; the State of Connecticut Department of Public Safety; and the Danbury, Conn., Police Department. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.