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State Prison Sentence for Illegal Drugs and Gun Possession

Albany County District Attorney David Soares

 

 

Press Release

February 7, 2019

 

 

   State Prison Sentence for Illegal 
Drugs and Gun Possession

                            



ALBANY, NY - District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that VASILIOS KALABAKAS, 38, of New York, NY, was sentenced to 8 years in State Prison, to be followed by 5 years of Post- Release Supervision, before the Honorable Peter A. Lynch in Albany County Court this morning.

On December 12, 2018, KALABAKAS was found guilty after a jury trial of (1) Count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a Class A-1 Felony, (1) Count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a Class A- II Felony, (3) Counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, each Class B Felonies, (1) Count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a Class C Armed Violent Felony, (1) Count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, and (1) Count of Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a Violation.

After hearing testimony, reviewing the presented evidence, and deliberating after trial, the jury found that on March 15, 2018, at approximately 10:27 PM, while on Interstate 87 North in the City of Albany, KALABAKAS was the passenger of a vehicle involved in a traffic stop initiated by the New York State Police. Further investigation found KALABAKAS to be knowingly and unlawfully in illegal possession of several controlled substances and a firearm. Specifically, a search of the car revealed a hidden trap behind the glove box containing approximately 192 grams of cocaine (both crack and powdered form), approximately 61 grams of heroin, a loaded .40 caliber Smith and Wesson, semi-automatic pistol, pills and marijuana.

Street Crimes Bureau Chief Jessica Blain-Lewis handled the prosecution of this case.

For more information please contact Cecilia Walsh (518) 275-4710.










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