Pearl River Man Sentenced to Ten Years For Drug Sales

According to Orangetown Police a Pearl River man has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being arrested for the sale of painkillers linked to two deaths. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated that the sentence of 30-year old Craig Oleksowicz shows how serious the illegal distribution of drugs is and how offenders will be treated. According to prosecutors Oleksowicz sol $420 worth of oxymorphone and methadone pills and was caught on tape by an informant with the Drug Enforcement Administration. On separate occasions in 2011, 20-year old Austin O’Farrell and 21-year old William Rafferty, both of Pearl River died of heart failure after overdosing on multiple drugs, some of which provided by the defendant, who pleaded guilty in October to using his workers’ compensation to fill prescription and continued to sell them after he learned of the deaths. According to his family Oleksowicz is a caring father to his 5-year old daughter and was just trying to make some money to help care for his mother and autistic brother. In a letter written to the court the Pearl River man expressed regret for his crimes.

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