Local Pot Dealer Gets 6.5 Years

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By: 
Kevin Murphy

 

A former philosophy students who moved his large-scale marijuana business to Middleton after being arrested in Madison was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 6.5 years in prison.

Nicholas Bokas, 33, had been arrested in the spring of 2012 after police searched his E Mifflin Ave. apartment and recovered 97 pounds of marijuana, 188 one-pound baggies that contained marijuana residue and $4,700 in cash.

While police were conducting the search two individuals showed up each carrying large amounts of cash presumably to pay off drug debts, said District Judge Barbara Crabb.

Instead of getting out of the marijuana business, Bokas move to a Century Ave. residence and continued selling until he was arrested during a controlled buy on Feb. 19.

At the time, Bokas was on probation for a Dodge County drug conviction.

Bokas had been selling up to 10 pounds of marijuana a week for $3,400 a pound, according to a complaint filed in court.

Crabb found that Bokas distributed between 220 and 880 pounds of pot from late 2011 until February.

 “Sentencings are always sad and this is one of the sadder ones,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim O’Shea.

Bokas had degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after majoring in history and philosophy and his father, Nicholas G. Bokas, is an attorney in the state public defenders Milwaukee office.

Bokas also has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and had been taking medication for it for years. His father wrote Crabb that the medication made his son more susceptible to drug use and then the risky behavior of selling drugs.

Bokas became addicted to crack cocaine, his health was declining and his arrest for conspiracy to distribute marijuana was “a life-saving event,” his father said.

The past six months he has spent in jail is the only time in the last 15 years Bokas has been completely sober, his father said.

Bokas told Crabb he regrettable the choices he has made and the effect they have had on his family. He now wants to use the experience to become a better person.

Bokas attorney, Ronald Benavides, asked for a six-year sentence saying his client was still young, had no gang affiliation or history of violence.

Crabb said Bokas’ sentencing needed to reflect the amount of marijuana he distributed, his role as an organizer in the conspiracy, and his past drug convictions stemming from 2000.

Crabb also placed Bokas on four years supervised release after he completes his sentence.

O’Shea said he will eventually seek a reduced sentence for Bokas for his cooperation with authorities.

 

 

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