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Stamford Police seizes guns and drugs in bust

November 23, 2018

STAMFORD — Stamford police seized an unregistered AK-47 assault rifle, 23 grams of cocaine, and stacks of cash from the home of a 61-year-old Stamford man on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

James Gianokos, of 652 Glenbrook Road, was charged with running a drug factory from his home, after police arrested a man coming out his home around 6 p.m. with two Ziploc bags of cocaine.

Police had set up surveillance outside of Gianokos’ home after conducting an investigation into his alleged drug selling operation, said Police Capt. Richard Conklin.

Officers searched Gianokos’ home and found found scales, sifters, and packaging equipment — indicating a drug selling operation — as well as $3,200 in cash.

Conklin described Gianokos as a “mid-level powdered cocaine dealer,” and said Stamford Police’s narcotics division had conducted a lengthy investigation into his activity.

Police also found an AK-47 under Gianokos’ bed, as well as three pistols.

According to police, the pistols — a Beretta 9mm, Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum, and Walther PK380 — were registered under a valid Connecticut pistol permit.

Nonetheless, the AK-47 and a collection of five high-capacity magazines were unregistered, according to police.

Gianokos was also charged with two counts of sale of narcotics and one count of possession of narcotics.

He was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Conklin said Gianokos faces additional charges for the illegal possession of the assault rifle and ammunition.

Police also charged the man who allegedly purchased cocaine from Gianokos. Gary Thomas Pellini, 53, of Frisbie Street in Stamford, was charged with possession of narcotics. He was released on written promise to appear in court.

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