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Streeterville man charged with mailing narcotics

Pawel Borowski-Beszta | CPD

A convicted drug trafficker and four-time felon is charged with placing a package containing narcotics into a U.S. Postal Service mailbox. The investigation was launched after the parcel apparently opened inside the mailbox, prompting authorities to launch a hazardous materials response on Wednesday morning.

Police responded to the 3600 block of West Fullerton around 10:30 yesterday morning after a “suspicious package” was found by a postal employee. Authorities closed the area to traffic while a bomb team and other personnel investigated. The suspicious package turned out to contain drugs, police said.

Shortly after 1 p.m., officers arrested 25-year-old Pawel Borowski-Beszta in connection with the incident. Prosecutors charged him with felony trafficking of a controlled substance and felony manufacture-delivery of a controlled substance. He is due in bond court this afternoon.

Borowski-Beszta, who lives on the first block of East Chicago Avenue, was sentenced to six years in prison for Class X felony manufacture-delivery of cocaine in 2012. He also received concurrent terms of three years for unlawful possession of a handgun; three years for manufacture-delivery of cannabis; and three years for felony theft, according to state records. He was released from parole almost exactly one year ago – on Sept. 8, 2018.

But he was soon back in hot water.

Chicago police records show that Borowski-Beszta was charged with multiple narcotics counts after officers arrested him in the 1000 block of West Roosevelt on Valentine’s Day.

Prosecutors subsequently charged him with manufacture-delivery of over 900 grams of methamphetamine; possession of 15 to 100 grams of cocaine; possession of more than 5000 grams of cannabis; manufacture-delivery of narcotics; criminal trespass to a vehicle; and traffic violations. The status of those charges was not immediately available.

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