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Pizzeria owner accused of pot trafficking

Pizzeria owner accused of pot trafficking
Nikita Yanakopulos's mugshot.

MEDFORD, Mass., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts pizzeria owner was arrested on a trafficking charge after authorities allegedly found 250 pounds of marijuana in 11 boxes in his pickup truck.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone's office said Nikita Yanakopulos, 34, owner of Pinky's Famous Pizza in Medford, was charged with trafficking marijuana after police saw him load 11 boxes into the back of his pickup truck Friday that turned out to contain "high-grade" marijuana worth an estimated $750,000, the Boston Herald reported Thursday.

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Police said Yanakopulos' truck, three cellphones and $2,366 in cash were also seized during his arrest in Everett, The Boston Globe reported.

Yanakopulos, who pleaded not guilty Monday, was released after posting $15,000 bail and he is due back in court Sept. 29.

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