Mar 11, 2016 3:23 PM
Co-owners of Keene head shop 'Phat Stuff' intending to plead guilty to federal charges
CONCORD - Two co-owners of a Keene head shop facing federal charges are planning to plead guilty in court.
According to the Keene Sentinel, Panagiotes J. Eliopoulos and his wife, Katie Eliopoulos, are asking a judge to accept their guilty pleas instead of moving forward with a jury trial.
The Eliopouloses were arrested last month and charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to offer drug paraphernalia for sale, after their store "Phat Stuff" was one of hundreds targeted in spring 2014 during a federal raid known as Project Synergy.
The operation targeted any alleged synthetic drug manufacturers and their distributors who police say were violating federal law.
Federal agents seized assorted pipes, grinders, rolling paper, glassware, scales, vaporizers and cash in their raid of Phat Stuff, according to court documents.
Even though the Eliopouloses are intending to plead guilty they have not yet said what charges they'll be pleading guilty to. The trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday.