‘Fat Man’ gets hefty sentence

One of Greece’s biggest drug dealers, Alexandros Angelopoulos, and two other men were given life sentences by a Piraeus court yesterday after being found guilty of trafficking more than 5 tons of cocaine. Angelopoulos, also known as the Fat Man, and Nikos Gavrilis and Giorgos Maragoudakis were sentenced to life in jail for drug trafficking plus four years for forming a gang and being found in possession of firearms and explosives. The three men were also fined 300,000 euros. They have the right to appeal their sentences. Two other defendants, Nikos Antonakakis and Apostolos Bousios, were found not guilty. Angelopoulos, 40, was arrested after a Belize-flagged trawler, Africa 1, that he owned was seized off the coast of Spain in July last year with 5.4 tons of cocaine on board. The boat was intercepted by Spanish authorities after a tip-off. Four Greeks and an Italian who were on board the trawler are currently in custody in Spain. Angelopoulos is due to face separate charges of laundering money through betting games in Greece run by OPAP.