Man receives 46 months, no parole for drug dealing

September 26, 1998|By Rafael Alvarez | Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF

A former Highlandtown nightclub owner was sentenced by a federal judge to 46 months in prison without parole yesterday for trafficking in more than a kilogram and a half of cocaine over a three-year period.

Periklis Papageorgiou, 36, who pleaded guilty to dealing a smaller amount of cocaine while the owner of Temptations Lounge on Eastern Avenue, faces deportion after he serves out the sentence imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Frederic N. Smalkin. Testimony against Papageorgiou by three witnesses said the total value of the cocaine he sold was estimated at $380,000.

Papageorgiou, who brought a translator with him but did not speak at the sentencing, was accompanied by his pregnant wife. He was to begin serving his sentence on home detention until being ordered to prison.

Papageorgiou is one of 35 people charged last February with selling cocaine to undercover police and FBI agents during a sting operation in and around the Greektown community in southeast Baltimore. He was one of four people whose liquor licenses were seized in the investigation.

Testifying against Papageorgiou at yesterday's hearing was 35-year-old Charalabos Vassilopoulos of Canton. Vassilopoulos, in custody after pleading guilty in the investigation, told the court he once sold a quarter-kilogram of cocaine to Papageorgiou.

Smalkin sentenced Vassilopoulos to 37 months in prison plus deportation after completion of the sentence.

During the investigation, conducted with police from the city and Baltimore County, undercover agents made more than 220 cocaine purchases, including several in bars and restaurants.

The others defendants charged with cocaine distribution were George "Tall George" Stamatis, 35, owner of the Goddess Show hTC Bar in the first block of Eutaw St. in downtown Baltimore; Konstantinos "Dino" Parthemos, 54, owner of the defunct Dino's Restaurant and Lounge in the 4600 block of Eastern Ave.; and Antonios Athanasiou, 36, who owns the Aftershock Bar in the 1900 block of Fleet St. in Fells Point.

According to Harvey Eisenberg, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted Papageorgiou and Vassilopoulos, Stamatis pleaded guilty and has not been sentenced; Parthemos has not entered a plea; and Athanasiou pleaded guilty but has not been sentenced.

Pub Date: 9/26/98

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