Thomas Hoey Jr., LI banana mogul, admits supplying cocaine that killed Kim Calo

A wealthy Long Island banana mogul has pleaded guilty to supplying the cocaine that killed a woman at a 2009 sex party, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Thomas Hoey Jr., owner of the Long Island Banana Corp., a regional produce distributor, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison at his scheduled Dec. 15 sentencing before Judge Kevin Castel in federal court in Manhattan, officials said.

Hoey, 46, of Garden City, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, one count of conspiracy to suborn perjury and one count of obstruction of justice, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York.


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As part of a plea deal, Hoey admitted to providing the cocaine on which Kim Calo, 41, of Glenwood Landing, overdosed at Manhattan's Kitano Hotel in 2009, according to court records.

Prosecutors charged that Hoey brought the cocaine that killed Calo, a fitness trainer, and then got another woman at the party, Nicole Zobkiw of Wantagh, to lie to a grand jury.

Hoey, a married father of two, was found guilty in May of assaulting a girlfriend in her Upper East Side apartment in 2012. He faces a maximum of 5 years in prison in that case.

Long Island Banana, a company run by Hoey's father before him, filed for bankruptcy protection in April.

Hoey's Mineola attorney, Joseph Conway, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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