A New York City pharmacist thought sending a greeting card with cocaine to a DEA agent could throw off an investigation of his store, officials say.
His plan didn’t work out.
Dimitrios Lymberatos, 34, is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice.
Last year, the Drug Enforcement Administration began a regulatory investigation of the pharmacy in Queens after its application was flagged for incomplete information about the owner, according to court documents.
The investigation substantially delayed the pharmacy from dispensing controlled substances, including in-person interviews with the operators and subpoenas. That was hurting the business financially, officials say.
In May, the investigator opened a card sent to her home and found several small packets with a white powdery substance later determined to be cocaine. The investigator immediately notified colleagues at the DEA.
According to court documents, investigators learned that Lymberatos hired a private investigators to