A Connecticut man was convicted last week in U.S. District Court in Davenport for his role in a conspiracy to possess and distribute 55 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
A jury found Michael G. Efthimiatos, 35, of Danbury, Conn., guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. The jury concluded he conspired to distribute narcotics, according to a news release Wednesday from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Michael Efthimiatos had previously been charged with his brother Angelo Efthimiatos, 44, also of Danbury, who was arrested Feb. 19, 2013, in Washington, after he landed a small airplane at the Washington Municipal Airport.
A Washington Sheriff's K-9 dog alerted on the plane after authorities were notified about the plane landing in Washington and after Angelo Efthimiatos couldn't provide the proper flight paperwork to officers at the scene, according to suppression motion filed in 2013. Authorities recovered 55 pounds of high-grade marijuana.
Angelo Efthimiatos pleaded guilty Dec. 20, 2013 to his role in a conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 pounds of marijuana, and a separate charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
According to ICE, as a result of this investigation authorities seized a 2002 Piper fixed-wing aircraft, a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, $2,837 in cash and about $1,000 worth of prepaid cash cards.
This investigation was conducted by ICE, Homeland Security Investigations, in cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut Department of Public Safety, and the police departments of Washington, Iowa, and Danbury, Conn.
The Efthimaiatos' brothers will be sentenced May 16, in U.S. District Court. Each defendant faces up to four years in federal prison.