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Originally Posted September 3, 2018
by Robert Baty

On August 23, 2021 a sealed indictment was filed in federal court as to Elias Costianes and an arrest warrant was issued.  He was arrested on September 1, 2021, processed, and released on the drug and weapons charges.  Earlier this year he had been indicted in federal court in connection with his activities regarding his January 6, 2021 antics in Washington, D.C.

There has been quite a bit of social media/news material published and broadcast about the cases, but none of them, as far as I can tell, have developed the story from the angle of Elias’ association with Kent Hovind and his people.

On the same day as the sealed indictment and arrest warrant were filed, Elias Costianes was found to be on Kent Hovind’s 145 acre conpound near Lenox, AL and appeared with Kent in a YouTube broadcast on that date.

Kent Hovind is an unrepentant federal felon who sent his first wife to prison along with himself after a 2006 trial on 58 tax related federal charges for which he was found guilty on all counts (his wife was found guilty on the 45 counts of “structuring).

Kent’s wife served about a 9 months in prison and Kent served about 8 years in prison, being released in 2015.  In separate, civil proceedings, Kent and his wife were found liable for millions in personal income taxes, penalties and interest.

Kent’s first wife divorced him after he was released from prison and came home unrepentant.  Kent quickly married another woman, Mary Tocco, a well-known anti-vaccination advocate.  That marriage didn’t last long and they split without benefit of a divorce.  After that, Kent quickly began living with another woman, Cindi Lincoln.  That relationship soured after a time and they have now split up.  They did not have a legal marriage and so just went their separate ways, while their personal issues remain unresolved.  Cindi wants $100,000 or so from Kent to replace money she provided to him for his business operations on his 145 acre conpound near Lenox, AL.  Also pending are a criminal charge against Kent Hovind for domestic violence and a temporary protective order.

Kent maintains “sovereign citizen” notions and an anti-government mindset and entertains similar sorts on his 145 acre conpound where many come and go.  Many have criminal histories of various sorts or other personal issues that “hiding out” at Kent’s conpound provides some relief.

Time Marked Link to Elias’ Appearance With Kent Hovind:

On September 1, 2021, the day of Elias’ arrest, Kent Hovind cryptically mentioned Elias’ problems in his YouTube broadcast on that date.

Time Marked Link to Kent’s Cryptic Comments:

Time Marked Link to Elias Costianes YouTube Illustrating His Credits as to the Kent Hovind “Movie”:

Link to Elias’ YouTube Channel and Hovind Videos Broadcast:

News & Social Media Reports

Docket Record in D.C. Case:

Document #1 – Statement of Facts – Affidavit

Costianes Statement of Facts 01062021 Incident

Document #7 – Indictment

Costianes Indictment

Conditions of Release as to Above Case:

Costianes Order Setting Conditions of Release Filed 02122021 Entered 04202021

News Article Regarding the Above Case:


By Mike Hellgren 
NOTTINGHAM, Md. (WJZ) — Neighbors were stunned when police swarmed a quiet Baltimore County neighborhood just before daybreak Friday.
An FBI spokeswoman said the agency arrested 42-year-old Elias Costianes in Nottingham on charges related to the January 6th riot at the United States’ Capitol.

August 3, 2021 Docket Entry Scheduling September 30, 2021 Hearing:

Department of Justice Status Report – Docket Entry #22:

Costianes Status Report 08302021 D.C. Case



Department of Justice Press Release on September 1, 2021 Arrest:


Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Maryland Man Previously Charged in Washington, D.C. for His Alleged Participation in the Capitol Riot Now Facing Federal Indictment in Maryland for Drug Conspiracy and Firearms Charges
Baltimore, Maryland – A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging Elias Nick Costianes, Jr., age 43, of Nottingham, Maryland, for the federal charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and for possession of firearms and ammunition by an unlawful user of any controlled substance.  The criminal complaint was filed on August 23, 2021, and unsealed today upon Costianes’s arrest.  Costianes had an initial appearance scheduled today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Mark Coulson. Costianes was released under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services.

Docket Record for Above Case:


Elias Costianes Complaint 08232021

Agent Affidavit:

Elias Costianes Agent Affidavit 08232021

The full details regarding the connections between Elias Costianes and Kent Hovind and others connected with Kent Hovind have yet to be developed.

Updated Docket History

Conditions of Release:

Costianes Conditions of Release Entered 09032021

Entry of Appearance by Joseph R. Conte:

Joseph R. Conte is also Elias’ defense lawyer in related case above!

Update September 5, 2021

Elias Costianes posted another video on his YouTube channel today.  It is over an hour long and is a presentation of Kent Hovind’s “science center” tour.  The video, interestingly, does not present, as far as I noticed, a credits presentation (i.e., like noted above giving Elias credit for his part in creating the video).

Link to Video:

Update September 10, 2021

Joseph Conte formally appointed as counsel for Elias Costianes!

Costianes formally appointed Conte as Counsel 09092021

Update September 16, 2021

Elias Costianes – BMW Salesman





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