QUEENS — Authorities arrested two individuals accused of promoting highly effective artificial medicine linked to a lethal overdose final yr throughout an early-morning raid at a Lengthy Island Metropolis excessive-rise Tuesday, officers stated.
Brian Parker, 34, and Victoria Koleski, 29, have been each nabbed at 4545 Middle Boulevard and hit with drug conspiracy fees for promoting designer medicine on-line, together with an artificial opioid extra highly effective than morphine, federal prosecutors stated.
The substances peddled by Parker, of Lengthy Island Metropolis, have been linked to a deadly 2016 overdose in Wisconsin, authorities stated. He used web-based mostly corporations to fabricate and promote medicine with main hallucinogenic results, prosecutors stated.
After studying concerning the Wisconsin overdose, investigators started probing one among Parker’s web sites and located that he used different conspirators, together with Koleski, to ship and obtain packages for distribution, prosecutors stated.
Parker’s accomplices acquired uncooked supplies from China and different locations by way of the mail, then repackaged and flipped them to Parker. He then manufactured these supplies into chemical compounds to promote on-line and finally despatched them again to his co-conspirators, who distributed them, officers stated.
Over a six-day span starting on June 30, Koleski shipped greater than 200 parcels from a Farmingdale, N.J., publish workplace, many containing managed substance analogues that Parker was promoting on-line, in response to the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace.
Parker and Koleski have been charged with conspiring to distribute managed substance analogues and distributing and possessing with intent to distribute the hallucinogenic designer medicine, prosecutors stated.
Parker has two prior convictions for federal drug crimes, although particulars of these instances weren’t instantly obtainable.
He and Koleski have been due in Federal Courtroom in Newark, N.J., round 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Lawyer info for Parker and Koleski wasn’t instantly out there.