Looks like Greenpointers will need to find a new place to buy their vitamins, greeting cards, and homeopathic elixirs:
Marcin Jakacki, 35, and his wife Lilian, 49, owners of Chopin Chemist in Brooklyn, doled out pills to “customers” who often used prescriptions from stolen pads written to obviously fake names like “Chanel” and “Coach.”
The duo also sold to people without prescriptions and pocketed up to $15 million in illegal profits, enough to easily afford a swanky $3 million Connecticut home, according to the Manhattan US Attorney.
“It’s certainly out of the ordinary when a small pharmacy would sell more than a CVS or a Rite-Aid in the same area,” DEA special agent in charge James Hunt said Thursday. A 2013 audit of the Greenpoint pharmacy that revealed it sold 430,000 pills without a prescription.
An undercover DEA agent bought 700 pills in September and October from the Jakackis, who leased a $100,000 Land Rover and a $45,000 Porsche, prosecutors said in Manhattan federal court.
“During conversations to arrange the purchases, Jackacki referred to the tablets as ‘candies’ and told [the undercover] that he needed certain information because he wanted to verify that [the undercover was not a DEA agent,” court papers state.