Medford Pizza Shop Owner Charged In $750,000 Pot Bust

BOSTON (CBS) – A pizza shop owner in Medford has been caught with more than $750,000 worth of marijuana, according to prosecutors.

Investigators began surveillance on 34-year-old Nikita Yanakopulos, the owner of Pinky’s Famous Pizza in Medford, last Friday, after getting a tip that he was expected to receive a large shipment of pot in Everett.

“The defendant was observed standing outside of his truck, loading several cardboard boxes into the back cargo area of his truck before driving away,” the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Police followed him and arrested him a short time later at a drive-thru restaurant on Revere Beach Parkway.

“Following a subsequent search of the defendant and his motor vehicle, authorities confiscated approximately 250 pounds of high-grade marijuana secreted in eleven cardboard boxes, containing 213 plastic bags of marijuana, valued at over three-quarters of a million dollars. Additionally, authorities seized over $2,000 in United States currency,” prosecutors said in their statement.

Yanakopulos was arraigned on August 29 in Malden District Court on a charge of trafficking marijuana.

He was released on $15,000 bail.

He’s due back in court September 29 for a pretrial conference.

  • John A

    He thought it was dried fresh basil to use on the pizzas……more tasty than brownies.

    • haha

      I think you mean ‘more tasty IN brownies’ LOL

  • hackwannabe

    I always got the large, double oregano with basil pizza. The thing was I always still had the munchies after I ate it.

  • Joe

    Ring, ring, ring: Hello pinkys, what would you like? Yes hi, can I get a large cheese with half Colombian gold and half maui wowy. Ok, anything else today? Yea throw in an order of cheesy blunts and 2 cokes. Ok that will be $56.75 give me about 15 or 20 minutes. Ok thanks, see you soon. Bye.

  • yamstar1

    Now we know why it’s called Pinky’s “Famous” Pizza! Brings a whole new meaning to hand rolled calzones, don’t it….

  • Alex

    This was a huge bust for sure, but in reality I’m getting sick of hearing about these. Marijuana needs to become regulated like alcohol. The war on drugs has costed trillions of dollars with nothing to show for it but more people in prison, higher demand, and more drugs on the street than ever.

    • Joe

      Well, we did recently de-criminalize pot. I believe up to one ounce is now a $100 fine. However, I think they still kinda sorta frown upon amounts of 250 pounds or more!

    • normltexan

      You forgot to mention that the weed now is 100 times stronger than the old dirt weed from back in the day.

      • jeremiah

        Weed is not 100 times stronger today than “back in the day” Google it and do some research before spouting off like you have some kind of scientific backing to support your hypothesis. Although it IS stronger it is not by much. And yes… Ibuprofen still kills more people every year than weed..

      • Guest

        I said after 1000 other people already said it

      • Guest

        And yet its still safer than alcohol

  • Robert Hamilton

    Cannibis should be legal…its safer than alcohol….i feel bad for the guy. If pot is decriminalized how are people supposed to get it..does not make sense…

    • Dave

      Exactly! It’s decriminalized because MA voters voice their thoughts, and their thoughts are that it is RIDICULOUS and OUTRAGEOUS to be arresting anyone using something much, MUCH safer than alcohol, cigarettes and prescription drugs, but yet the federal government is so clueless, and has their heads up each other’s @$$3$!! This country is a sad place to live nowadays!!

  • james

    “Robert Hamilton

    Cannibis should be legal…its safer than alcohol….i feel bad for the guy. If pot is decriminalized how are people supposed to get it..does not make sense…”

    There are people being slaughtered everyday in Dorchester/Roxbury over marijuana! And you feel bead for the guy?

    • Anon

      Slaughtered because a relatively harmless drug is not legal.


  • Tim

    The making hundreds of thousands of dollars weekly (Tax Free) and you feel bad for him! Can you say “im an idiot”

    • Anon

      If it was legal then he could pay taxes and I’m sure he happily would if he could keep the rest.


  • Dave

    How ironic that I can go to one of the uncountable number of liquor stores and buy enough alcohol TO KILL MYSELF, but smoking a joint in my home or on my lawn is illegal! This country is a MESS! A complete hypocritical MESS!!

    Get a clue America! So outrageous!!

    • roadbowler

      Gangsters don’t run Budweiser or Sam Adams.You won’t find the higher ups of Coors trying to gun down Heineken employees in the streets because they’re encroaching on Coors’ territory….get the picture yet???

      • Nobody N. Particular

        At least not any more, but during prohibition a lot of people were killed over alcohol. So its not like there isn’t something in our collective history we can compare it to. Make cannabis legal and regulated and it will bring in tax dollars and reduce the violence between gangs over distribution rights.

      • normltexan

        They did when alcohol was illegal. Although it was decades ago, you should still be able to Google “prohibition” and learn enough not to make absurd comments such as the one you just made.

  • Whitey Bulger

    Ony $15,000 bond? hm

  • emom

    Great no more large pizza, with special sause and cheese,,, LItle extra oregano please…………… OH its not oregano,,,, WHO KNEW…………..Yeah legalize it ……

  • Cinque

    I think that all of those who are condemning the arrest of a guy with 250 pounds of grass and truly believe that the country is going to hell might consider relocating to say……….Mexico. Perhaps someone will listen to their juvenile rants down there. Then again, I seriously doubt it.

  • web

    I’m sure if it was legal, gangs would find something else to fight about..they’re gangs…they’ll always be another drug, another fight, another problem…so the gang issue will not go away.

  • area guy

    I just moved from that area, lived right around the corner, never saw many people go in there, people in the area called it ” Stinkeys Pizza “.

  • Jon Deland

    Sounds like a pretty cool place to hang out. Wow. This is like totally cool.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Taz Show
Download Weather App

Listen Live