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A United States magistrate judge in Richmond Tuesday agreed to allow the defendant in a catalytic converter and tax evasion case use his garage and workshop at his Roanoke Rapids residence.

Magistrate Judge Mark R. Colombell ordered, however, that Theodore Nicholas Papouloglou’s garage and workshop spaces will be subject to monitoring and inspection by the United States Probation Office and that all other conditions, including home detention with location monitoring remain in effect.

The original motion in the case was one in which his public defender requested that the court modify the conditions of his pretrial release and remove his home detention with location monitoring condition.

Around March 19 Papouloglou was charged in an indictment alleging one count of evasion of 2021 income tax assessment; one count of evasion of 2020 income tax assessment; one count of conspiracy to transfer, receive, conceal, and sell stolen goods; and one count of operating an unlicensed money transmission business.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Mitchell sentencing

In the eastern district of North Carolina District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Damien Edward Mitchell to 72 months in prison on count 2 of his federal drug indictment.

According to court documents, sentencing occurred in Raleigh on June 24.

Dever dismissed counts 1, 3, and 4 against Mitchell and ordered him to serve five years of supervised release following the completion of his sentence.

Count 2 of the indictment charged that on or about September 28, 2023 the Gaston man knowingly and intentionally distributed a quantity of fentanyl and 10 grams or more of p-fluorofentanyl.

Count 2 carried an allegation of prior conviction that charged Mitchell committed the offense while having a drug conviction for which he served more than 12 months in prison.