On August 29, DEA agents raided a drug lab in an apartment in Queens, New York City, New York. Wearing hazmat suits, agents from the DEA’s Newark Field Division arrested the apartment owner and the suspected drug dealer, 34-year-old Brian Parker. Meanwhile, at a separate location, officers arrested his suspected accomplice, 29-year-old Victoria Koleski. The duo, according to Acting US Attorney William Fitzpatrick, sold controlled substances and controlled substance analogs online.
Parker operated and owned two clearnet research chemical storefronts: RCPowders (RCP) and UnbeatableChems (UCB). Both sites were popular topics of discussion on the research chemical subreddit that prefers not to be named. And in a scene where research chemical vendors are dropping like flies, RCP stood out as one of the few U.S. vendors that some community members still used.
Days before the arrest, a Reddit user asked what had changed in the time period that he had been in jail. A lot had changed in the clearnet RC scene. EtiKing (aka Jeremysdemo aka badmamajama2 aka Jeremy P. Achey) got busted. Research Group Nederland too. Aino Research dissapeared. Many vendors simply vanished. But Parker would not be one of them. “A lot of vendors sell illegal chemicals on the side or darknet,” he wrote. “This is their downfall. Another is not paying to have a legal team. Looks at the few vendors left that are not new. What do we have in common. We pay lawyers to watch our back.”
The RCP investigation began after one of Parker’s customers overdosed on RCP products. In May 2016, a 37-year-old in Wisconsin overdosed on a combination of etizolam and U-44770. Officers at the scene found packages addressed to the deceased and vials of the opioid, which, ignoring analog laws, was a legal drug at the time. However, not for human consumption, of course, which Parker explicitly stated on both RCP and UCB websites.
“All items are for research only! No human/animal consumption whatsoever.
Q. Are these products for human or animal use?
A. NO this is a research site, for vitro, vivo and plant use. Talk about human or animal use will get your banned!!!
Q. What are these chemicals used for?
A. All items are for research only! No human/animal consumption whatsoever. Research Chemicals are used only to see chemical reactions, solubility test and reagent test.”
“The chemicals/materials/peptides for sale here are intended for laboratory and research use only, unless otherwise explicitly stated. They are not intended for human ingestion, use, or for use in products that may be ingested.”
Victoria Koleski, Parker’s partner, was accused of being one of Parker’s “shippers.” The Criminal Complaint alleges that Koleski, along with other co-conspirators, received packages of drugs from China, repackaged them, and either shipped them to Parker or delivered them to Parker through other means. Between June 30, 2017 through July 5, 2017, the press release explained, “Koleski shipped approximately 218 parcels from a post office located in Farmingdale, many of which contained controlled substance analogues that Parker sold online.”
Both Parker and Koleski were charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substance analogs and “distributing and possessing with intent to distribute the controlled substance analogues U-47700, A-PHP, and 3-MEO-PCP.” The defendants appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court the day of their arrest.