August 29, by Nathaly Pesantez
DEA agents and New York State Police conducted a drug raid at a LIC luxury tower Tuesday morning, where two people were arrested and charged in connection to alleged drug distributing activities.
The raid was conducted at the high-rise on 45-45 Center Boulevard after a search warrant was executed at 6:00 am Tuesday morning, according to police sources. DEA agents and New York State Police raided an apartment on the fourth floor of the building.
Brian Parker, a 34-year-old man from Long Island City, and Victoria Koleski, a 29-year-old woman from Farmingdale, New Jersey, were arrested and charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substance analogues, along with distributing and possessing with intent. The controlled substances in question include U-47700, a strong opiod, A-PHP, a synthetic stimulant, and 3-MEO-PCP, a dissociative drug.
According to the Newark U.S. Attorney’s office, Parker, who has two prior convictions for federal narcotics-related crimes, allegedly manufactured and distributed controlled substances and other illegal chemicals through two internet based companies he controlled.
The Tuesday raid and arrest comes after a Wisconsin man died in 2016 after consuming substances sold by Parker. The overdose death prompted law enforcement to begin investigating one of Parker’s websites, which revealed that he and others, including Koleski, conspired to send and receive packages for his narcotics distribution business.
The Newark U.S. Attorney’s office said that from from June 30 to July 5, Koleski shipped approximately 218 parcels from a post office in Farmingdale, with some of them containing controlled substances that Parker sold online.
The two defendants are scheduled to appear in Newark federal court at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon. Each charge in the complaint carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, according to the Newark U.S. Attorney’s office.