Ocean City Today

Heroin dealer to serve five years

By Brian Gilliland | Mar 08, 2018
Photo by: Courtesy OCPD Socrates Pikounis

(March 9, 2018) Socrates Pikounis, 53, of Bishopville, Maryland pleaded guilty to two felony and two misdemeanor charges out of a total of 16 drug, weapon and child endangerment charges and was sentenced to five years in prison in Worcester County Circuit Court late last week.

The sentences will run concurrently, Interim State’s Attorney Bill McDermott said.

Pikounis pleaded to two counts of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and a weapons charge. The heroin convictions carry a sentence of 10 years each, but were reduced to five years each by the judge, and the misdemeanors are worth 18 months each. Prosecutors declined to pursue the other charges.

Pikounis’ estranged wife Brenda, 55, was convicted in December of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and neighborhood nuisance charges and sentenced to six months in jail. During trial, her operation was described as an underground pot dispensary.

Police stopped Socrates Pikounis on Aug. 9 near the junction of Route 113 and Route 90 just north of Berlin and discovered a baggie of suspected heroin in the car’s center console. He was immediately arrested, and police reported Socrates admitted to distributing heroin countywide during questioning.

After his arrest, police executed search warrants on his home in Bishopville as well as a storage unit. It was there the activities attributed to Brenda were discovered.

Police found more than 80 mason jars containing an ounce of marijuana each, careful records of customer interactions plus cannabis edibles and concentrated THC wax among the contraband.

According to prosecutors, Brenda Pikounis would import product from California, have it shipped to New Jersey for processing and then drive it back to Maryland.

Police began investigating Socrates Pikounis in 2016, after an Ocean City resident tipped them off to his activities.

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