Police: Drugs Distributed by Pearl River Man Led to Fatal Overdose

Defendant Craig Oleksowicz faces possible life in prison.

A Pearl River man has been charged with the illegal distribution of the drug oxymorphone—a pain reliever—that led to the fatal overdose of a 21-year-old Pearl River man in October of 2011, authorities said.

Craig Oleksowicz, 37, was arrested and charged with a slate of drug offenses, law enforcement officials said today. Oleksowicz faced U.S. Magistrate Judge George A. Yanthis in court Thursday morning.

"As alleged, the defendant was essentially an outlaw pharmacy, and worse, a lethal one," Yanthis said. "The illegal dealers of prescription drugs will not get any easier treatment from this office simply because what they are selling can be legally used when properly prescribed."

Oleksowicz is accused of peddling a slew of drugs—including codeine, methadone and Valium—which led to the 2011 death.

"It was sad for me to see a young man from my own neighborhood in Orangetown die as a result of being illegally sold a prescription narcotic substance," said Orangetown Police Department Chief Kevin Nulty. "The death was very real to me."

Authorities allege Oleksowicz continued to illegally distribute pills after the fatal overdose.

If found guilty, Oleksowicz faces between of 20 years and life in prison, and a fine up to $1 million or twice the gain or loss resulting from the illegal sales.

pete flynn January 04, 2013 at 02:29 AM
how come no picture of the "alleged" dealer was posted...... pete
Reality January 04, 2013 at 06:23 PM
"It was real sad to me" ??? Are you kidding Chief? Instead of sitting home and being sad, why don't you start doing your job, stop burying your head in the sand, and let your officers get the job done.. You had one community member bring drug dealing right next door to his house to your attention at a town board meeting and YOU have done nothing. Pathetic!
NoName January 04, 2013 at 08:31 PM
If this doesnt open peoples eyes up, nothing will. This is the guy next door, the neighbor you say hello to. You may even ask a favor of him in your home. He is 37 Years old for Gods sake and selling drugs to kids!! I wonder how much he made selling pills at 20-40 bucks a pop. A fortune if you ask me. I hope the Feds Seize everything he has! Without a proper Narcotics unit based in Orangetown and manned by OPD this will happen again and again right under our collective noses.
Reality January 05, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Marty that is my point. Nutty has failed the community by running a totally reactive police department! The time has come for new leadership in the orangetown police department. Please do the right thing and head out to pasture!
stephany January 05, 2013 at 01:50 AM
"It was sad for me to see a young man from my own neighborhood in Orangetown die as a result of being illegally sold a prescription narcotic substance," or you could have said "It was sad for me to see a young man from my own neighborhood in Orangetown die as a result of illegally buying a prescription narcotic substance," imo the second version is more accurate.at least equally as bad this "kid" was 21 and you can't sell drugs to someone who does not want them. nobody forced him to buy anything,and nobody forced hm to take it. not saying drugs or dealers are good,but the get the dealer approach to getting rid of the drug problem clearly does not work. big sentences for those who buy drugs and deals for the dealers who turn them in when they[the dealer] is caught is the way to go.Nobody is selling if there is nobody buying. dealers can record and video tape transactions with tiny devices.. make it too risky to buy drugs in Rockland. 5 yrs, first offense,any illegal drug..no questions asked, bye bye and don't pickup the soap.
joan January 05, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Stephany....first off, no one asked for your opinion on this subject. However I can see that you feel the need to give your opinion after seeing other comments you have made on various articles in the Patch. I personally know the young man who died and his family and you have no idea what you are talking about. I am very glad that this skank who sold the drugs will finally be held responsible for his role in the death of a young man taken from us way too soon.
stephany January 05, 2013 at 03:42 AM
and no one asked for yours,but you gave it. i didn't know i had to be asked. it is simple really,,supply and demand..get rid of the demand and there is no need for the supply.get rid of the supply and someone else steps in in 10 minutes. what is it about that that you disagree with and what is it about my previous statement that you have a problem with. please be specific.
Dave H January 05, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Stephanie you are right that once this individual is punished, (which he should be) somebody else will step in. However, there needs to be a message sent loud and clear that this behavior wont be tolerated. The defendant surely knew the dangers of the drug he was selling, and even after the young man died, he continued selling the drug anyway. Once other dealers consider to sell drugs capable of destroying lives like this, and see that this defendant is facing life in prison as a result, i think they will think again. No, this will not immediately put an end to the sale of prescription drugs, but this will send a message loud and clear that if you want to sell drugs that can kill people, you will face severe consequences. This needs to come to an end.
Jennifer January 05, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Wasn't it his friend that gave him the drug that killed him???? Is that kid being held accountable too???
NoName January 07, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Rumor has it,that the same OPD officer who just arrested the "alleged" Pearl River Pill Pusher with the help of some fine DEA agents is the same officer who put 3 Daughters Pizza out of business with an arrest and search warrant, the same OPD officer also shut down the drug operation on Marycrest Rd. with a arrest and search warrant. I would have to say if one OPD officer can acomplish this , what could a team of OPD narcotics officers do? Perhaps return the "town of friendly drug dealers" back to the Town of Friendly People ? There is obviously enough work to go around. These are just the obvious ones that drew attention. What about the other's that neighbors of drug dealers have been seeing for years and still no results??
Jennifer January 08, 2013 at 01:17 AM
I agree with you Stephany!
Ben Dover July 14, 2013 at 11:53 PM
The buyer and user is just as guilty in this story. This "kid" isn't dead if he didn't use drugs. The parents are also at fault. They lost control of this situation a long time ago. They only pushed for an arrest to scapegoat the blame they feel as failing parents. Why not mention the " kid's" name? I believe it is to spare these parents, and I use that word loosely any more embarrassment.
Christina Brusco July 31, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Ben Dover... That's very clever... First, his name is Billy Raftery and he was an amazing 21 year old "kid". I would know since I am his older sister. Why don't you mention your own name rather than using an alias like the COWARD you are BEN DOVER. As for my parents... If you must know, since you felt the need to insult them 6 months after this article was written, my beautiful mother died of colon cancer in 2002 at the age of 44, Billy was 12. My dad, is a hard worker and gave us everything and a beautiful life. There was over 600 people at Billy's wake. Waiting in the rain to see him one last time... How many people would be at yours BEN DOVER??
Ben Dover August 15, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I lost both my parents when I was fourteen...I didn't turn to drugs. The only thing I got from your comment is I can not count on you to be at my wake.


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