Oak Park police uncover teenage ringleader after Harrison St. drug bust

Cocaine, handgun, cash and stash of electronics discovered

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with a handful of felonies after Oak Park police turned up cannabis, cocaine, weapons, and possibly stolen electronics in an Aug. 4 drug bust. Two other Oak Park men were also charged in connection with the arrests.

Pawel Borowski-Beszta, 17, of the 800 block of Woodbine, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a park, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of cannabis, and aggravated use of a weapon, all felony charges. Borowski-Beszta is entering his senior year at Oak Park and River Forest High School.

Ryan Reyes, 28, of the 1100 block of S. Harvey, was charged with possession of cannabis, a misdemeanor. His younger brother, Christopher Reyes, 23, of the first block of Harrison, was also charged with misdemeanor possession of cannabis.

Christopher Reyes is listed as the tenant in the Harrison Street apartment where the drug bust occurred. Police said they believe Borowski-Besxta was also possibly a part- time resident.

In the raid, police recovered 28.7 grams of cocaine and 134.4 grams of cannabis, some of which was packaged for distribution. Also recovered was a 40 caliber handgun with ammunition, more than $1,000 in cash, 144 calculators, roughly 150 iPhones, iPods, miscellaneous cell phones and cameras, and two safes.

According to Oak Park Commander LaDon Reynolds, the police received a tip about the operation and began to conduct surveillance on the apartment. Reynolds said he could not specify how long the apartment had been under surveillance, but the investigation and subsequent bust pointed to Borowski-Beszta as the ringleader of the drug operation.

"A substantial amount of the evidence and property that we recovered was in an area of the apartment that [Borowski-Beszta] appeared to have control over," Reynolds said.

The three suspects appeared in court for a bond hearing earlier this week.

Reynolds said the investigation is ongoing. "Right now we're looking into the property that has been recovered and attempting to determine ownership," he said, referring to the iPhones, iPods, and other electronics.

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