Judge postpones trial for convicted drug smuggler
Sep. 05, 2018
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal judge in Vermont has postponed the trial of a convicted drug smuggler who's been accused of flying without a license.
The Rutland Herald reports Judge Christina Reiss granted 48-year-old Angelo Efthimiatos' request to replace his public defender during a hearing Tuesday in Burlington. Efthimiatos says he needs a lawyer who specializes in Federal Aviation Regulations.
Authorities say the Sudbury man landed at the closed Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport in April. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Federal Aviation Administration says Efthimiatos' license was permanently revoked in July 2014 following two drug convictions in Iowa that involved him using a small aircraft to transport drugs between California and the East Coast.
Reiss has postponed jury selection until Oct. 2.
Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/