Local Man Sold Hundreds of Pounds of Pot

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Kevin Murphy
Nicholas Bokas.

A man who sold hundreds of pounds of marijuana before moving to his father’s Century Avenue condominium pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to conspiring to sell a controlled substance.

According to a complaint filed in court:

Nicholas Bokas, 33, began selling ounces of marijuana per week in late 2011, which escalated into sales of up to 10 pounds weekly at $3,400 a pound, according to a complaint filed with the court.

Bokas and Justin Triplett shared an apartment on E. Mifflin Street in the spring of 2012 when Bokas arranged to sell 50 pounds of pot to Joshua Campbell through Triplett.

Campbell was wearing a recording device when he met Triplett at the Mifflin Street apartment. There, Campbell saw 20 pounds of marijuana and Triplett said he could provide another 30 pounds within an hour.

State and federal agents conducted a search warrant at the Mifflin residence on May 2, 2012 recovering 97 pounds of high-grade marijuana, $4,700 in cash, ledgers detailing drug transactions in Bokas’ handwriting and 187 used and empty pound-sized plastic baggies. Agents concluded the baggies once contained marijuana totaling 187 pounds.

In a recorded phone call between Triplett and Bokas, Bokas admitted the pot seized on May 2 was his.

The search and seizure stopped Bokas from selling pot for a month or two but he moved to a 5534 Century Avenue condominium owned by his father in Middleton and resumed selling at similar volumes, according to a confidential informant.

Bokas continued to obtain 100 pounds of marijuana at a time from sources in Milwaukee, Chicago and Colorado, which he picked up and delivered in his red Subaru station wagon.

On Jan. 18 of this year, authorities obtained a court order to place a GPS tracking device on Bokas’ car and a month later gave $400 to a confidential informant to buy marijuana from Bokas.

On Feb. 19, Bokas sold a pound of marijuana presumed to be locally grown to the informant for $4,100.

A week later, Bokas was arrested and during a search of his car and condominium more drug ledgers and empty baggies that contained trace amounts of marijuana were recovered.

He admitted to authorities that he knew they would be coming back for him after the May 2012 search and “there is a lot I didn’t tell you then.”

Bokas, who said he had a bachelor’s degree after majoring in history, philosophy and environmental science, admitted Monday in court to “acquiring and distributing marijuana to several people and did it for profit.”

Bokas faces five to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and four years on supervised release at his Aug. 15 sentencing before District Judge Barbara Crabb.

In February, Campbell was sentenced to three years in prison and conspirators Eissa Kazi, Chad Ruenger, Didrik Petersen and Daniel and Timothy Frazier also have pleaded guilty or have been sentenced in the case.

 

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