The '''Greek Antique Smugglers''' were a group of criminals responsible for stealing Greek antiques, smuggling them into America, and selling them for a profit (thus their title). They are also responsible for the death of several people who got in the way of their business. They were prominently active season five of ''CSI New York''.


The Papakotas are once, the owners of a lands in Thessaloniki, but the Greek Government took their lands and leave them with nothing, so they swore revenge against them by stealing some gods and smuggling them through the black market.

At one point, they recruit Sebastian Diakos (a Brutal Assassin and Torturer), and George Kolovos (an Attache to the Greek Embassy in New York) to work for them.

Season 5

The Cost of Living

The group came to the attention of the CSI when the hitman Sebastian Diakos kills a homeless man who had stolen Ancient Greek coins from a collector named Mitch Henson

When Stella and Detective Angell went to Henson's house Diakos in disguise attacked Stella by threatening her in Greek.

When Stella tried to get more information at the Greek consulate, Sebastian is presented and she recognizes his voice as the attacker and quickly leaves the consulate.

Forbidden Fruit

Two months after "The Cost of Living" Diakos kills a pawn shop owner named Declan Rooney.

Stella knowing that Diakos is responsible, she along with detective Jessica Angell set a trap for one of the members "George Kovolos" with old counterfeit coins from an ex-convict named Stan Trovato, an expert in counterfeiting in exchange for the transfer of Stan's brother from one jail to another.

Kovolos ends up falling into the trap

Point of No Return

Three months after "Forbidden Fruit" Stella seeks the help of Professor Papakota, her archeology instructor at the university, who tells her that Diakos and Kolovos raided graves in Cyprus and were betrayed by their partners and want to get the coins back.

Detective Angell lures Kolovos to a shipyard with the promise of a large batch of coins, but she and Stella manage to catch the man when he arrives, threatening to send him to Cyprus, where they seek him for theft, in one of the large robberies and send boxes if it doesn't give Diakos' location. He eventually tells Stella that Diakos is in Jersey City, but the two lock him in the box and ship it anyway.

However When they arrive in Jersey City they find Diakos dead.


Two weeks after "Point of No Return" Stella again seeks the help of Professor Papakota when a man is killed on an "American Idol" show, however it is later revealed that the group of smugglers are not responsible.

Grounds for Deception

A month after "Prey" it is revealed that Kolovos betrayed and killed Diakos.

Kolovos is later found stabbed to death and small fibers on the hilt suggest that Professor Papakota is the murderer, however it is revealed that Tasso, the professor's brother, is the murderer.

Tasso attacks Stella and Mac goes after him but the man runs remembering that the Papakotas lost their lands full of peach trees to the government, they find Papakota and Tasso with the valuables from the tomb; Tasso starts shooting at Mac and then shoots at Stella but mortally wounds Kosta. Then he tries to shoot Taylor again but he shoots and kills him in response.

Known Members

  • George Kolovos (deceased)
  • Sebastian Diakos (deceased)
  • Kostas Papakota (deceased)
  • Tasso Papakota (deceased)

Known Victims

  • October 29, 2008
    • Wolford Bessie (neck broken by Diakos)
    • Stella Bonasera (attempted to kill after gaining information; she escaped)
  • December 17,2008
    • Declan Rooney (neck broken by Diakos)
  • The following were attacked by George Kolovos:
    • Sebastian Diakos (member)
    • Kostas Papakota (member; attempted to kill, but was killed by Tasso)
  • The following were attacked by Tasso Papakota:
    • George Kolovos (member)
    • Stella Bonasera (attempted to kill twice in her Greece apartment and later in the fields shootout; was saved by Kostas)
    • Kostas Papakota (accidentally)
    • Mac Taylor (attempted to kill in the fields shootout)


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