By Megan Dooley
The 17-year-old Oak Park and River Forest High School student who landed a handful of felony charges last month after a search of his apartment turned up large quantities of drugs, cash, and allegedly stolen goods apparently got some of the drugs via a FedEx shipment from California.
Andy Conklin, a spokesperson for the Cook County State Attorney's Office, said that that bit of information was revealed at a preliminary hearing for the teenager, Pawel Borowski-Beszta, who was determined to be at least a part-time resident of the apartment on the first block of Harrison where the drug bust took place in early August.
When police raided the apartment on Aug. 4, a search turned up 28.7 grams of cocaine and 134.4 grams of cannabis, cash totaling approximately $1,000, a handgun and ammunition, and some 200 electronic devices including scientific calculators, a number of which were later discovered to have been the property of OPRF students.
Borowski-Beszta was charged with six felony charges, including unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and aggravated use of a weapon. Brothers Ryan Reyes, 28, of the 1100 block of S. Harvey and Christopher Reyes, 23, a tenant of the Harrison St. apartment, were both charged with misdemeanor possession of cannabis in connection with the drug bust.
At the Sept. 2 preliminary hearing, it was revealed that Borowski-Beszta told authorities that some of the drugs had been shipped to him in boxes from California. The types of drugs the suspect obtained through this method, as well as their quantities, remain unclear.
The Oak Park police department said that Officer Michael O'Connor, who testified at the hearing, was not available to speak with the press. No updates were available on the number of stolen electronics linked to the high school.