GENEVA – A Geneva man has been charged with drug trafficking and possessing more than $80,000 worth of drugs – including ecstasy – following a investigation that began after investigators from the Department of Homeland Security intercepted a package of suspected ecstasy being shipped from the Netherlands to Geneva.
Joseph Parisi, 31, of the 1700 block of Fargo Boulevard, has been charged with controlled substance trafficking, manufacture/delivery of ecstasy, possession of a controlled substance, attempt to possess ecstasy and three counts of possession of a controlled substance (ecstasy, cocaine and psilocybin mushrooms), all felonies.
He was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Parisi is currently being held in the Kane County Jail on $80,000 bail. His next court date is set for Dec. 6.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, members of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Geneva Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security and United States Postal inspectors executed a search warrant at an address on Fargo Boulevard, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff's Office.
The search warrant was the result of a two-week long investigation which began when Homeland Security investigators intercepted a package of suspected ecstasy being shipped from the Netherlands to a subject at the residence on Kingston Drive in Geneva, the release stated. An additional package that was intercepted by Homeland Security was determined to contain approximately 55 grams of ecstasy with the destination address on Fargo Boulevard, according to the release.
This package was allowed to be delivered to the Fargo Boulevard address and once the resident, later identified as Parisi, took possession of it, deputies executed the search warrant, according to the release. Along with the 55 grams of ecstasy, deputies also found approximately seven grams of psilocybin mushrooms, a small amount of cocaine, about 65 grams of cannabis and a small amount of ecstasy, the release stated.
The Kingston Drive package was allowed to be delivered after the investigation revealed Parisi also accepted packages at the address, the release stated. Detectives served a search warrant at that residence and found the package addressed to Parisi, according to the release. That package contained about 120 grams of ecstasy.
During the course of the investigation, two additional packages being shipped to Parisi were intercepted. Approximately 508 additional grams of ecstasy was recovered, the release stated.
The total estimated street value of the drugs was a little more than $80,000, according to the release.