High school drug dealer sentenced to six years

Former OPRF student operated from apartment full of drugs and stolen electronics

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

A former Oak Park and River Forest High School student who was nabbed in 2011 by Oak Park police in an apartment filled with more than 200 stolen electronic devices from cell phones to calculators -- plus cocaine and a handgun -- pled guilty May 29 and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Pawel Boroski-Beszta, 17 when arrested, was convicted of four felonies, including a Class X conviction for the manufacture and delivery of cocaine. He was also convicted and received three-year sentences for felony theft from a school, marijuana manufacture and delivery and illegal possession of a handgun. The three-year sentences will be served concurrently.

Boroski-Beszta is currently being held in the Illinois Department of Prison's Sheridan Correctional Center. He will also serve three years of mandatory supervised release when he gets out of prison.

Boroski-Beszta, of the 800 block of Woodbine, was arrested Aug. 4, 2011 after police uncovered his headquarters in an apartment in the first block of Harrison Street. Police found 148 scientific calculators, four iPhones, 25 cell phones and 29 iPods. Some devices were later found to have belonged to fellow students at OPRF. In addition to the electronics, police recovered 28.7 grams of cocaine and 134.4 grams of cannabis, a .40 caliber handgun and $1,000 in cash.

Boroski-Beszta served six months in Cook County Jail before he was bonded out March 16, 2012 when someone paid $30,000, or 10 percent of his bond amount of $300,000.

The arrest and discovery of the electronics cache caused a reassessment of the high school's policy of thefts on school property.

Misdemeanor charges for possession of cannabis were later dropped against arrested brothers Ryan Reyes, 28 and Christopher Reyes, 23. Ryan Reyes was associated with the Harrison Street apartment, but investigators did not link him to the drug operation there.

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john  

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 4:13 AM

hustle hard clothes mouths dont get fed in these boulavards

FYI  

Posted: August 13th, 2013 9:22 PM

Uh, Linux. That "cute kid" was a known dealer for YEARS.

For I Am Confused  

Posted: August 13th, 2013 1:22 PM

Two years for a conviction and sentence is not long for Cook County. I know a guy from high school in Cook County right now. Four-five years ago he shot up a car with 3-4 other guys from our high school. One was killed and the other was paralyzed. Everybody, including the police, knew it was him immediately because all of the victims knew him even back to grade school. He still is in the County now...just-a-waiting....and waiting..

alt.progress  

Posted: August 9th, 2013 9:31 AM

Re: Loves Oak Park from Oak Park Posted: July 26th, 2013 10:50 AM Until the Eastern European community admits they have a problem within their community and stops displacing their aggression under the guise of chauvinism, we can't have a valid discussion. Stop the violence and in return we need to promise to stop the stereotype. Until then Maslow's security needs will cause people to profile for their safety.

linux  

Posted: August 9th, 2013 5:40 AM

I remember this young man. He was such a cute kid. It's such a shame that he lost his way.

I am confused from Oak Park  

Posted: August 9th, 2013 12:51 AM

I am confused, why did it take two years to reach a sentence?

Common sense  

Posted: August 8th, 2013 8:18 PM

*penalties... Need to know consequences? Please. Cooking crack is undeniably a dumb idea, especially doing it in OAK PARK. This dude played in the fast lane and got nailed.

Dont try this at home  

Posted: August 8th, 2013 5:13 PM

I think this needs to be plastered all over the OPRF school walls and website. If penalty's are going to be a deterrent, people need to know of consequences BEFORE they commit crimes.

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