They say it pays to advertise, but a Brewster man trying to peddle prescription drugs on an Internet classifieds site found out the price of success can be felony charges, police said.
Kevin Olsen, 27, of Brewster, was advertising the sale of "pain management" drugs such as Suboxone, Xanax and clonazepam on Craigslist, Peekskill police Sgt. Raymond Henderlong said Thursday.
Undercover detectives from the Peekskill and Westchester County police contacted Olsen through the ad and made numerous narcotics buys from him in Cortlandt and Peekskill over several weeks before he was arrested on Main Street in Peekskill about 9 p.m. June 13. Henderlong announced the arrest Thursday.
Olsen was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony.
The ad alleged to have been placed by Olsen offered the drugs at prices ranging from $5 to $17 per tablet. It offered a contact email and phone number, and promised "Delivery can be made," Henderlong said.
"Call me/ email me and I will pick a place to meet closest to where you live," the ad read. "Describe yourself by your clothing. There is no limit to what u buy and each sale is a one time deal. Please show up alone and without a vehicle so park close enough to walk. I will show up alone too. Try to use a phone that you don't normally use. If you can't it's not a big deal."
Olsen was arraigned June 14 in front of Peekskill City Court Judge Thomas Langan and sent to Westchester County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail or bond. He's due back in court Monday.
An attorney for Olsen could not immediately be reached Thursday.
Although Peekskill police made the arrest unassisted, Henderlong stressed that the investigation was "a very good team effort" with Westchester County police.
"We really appreciate the help we've gotten from them and I know they feel the same way about us," he said.