The daughter of a powerful New York real estate mogul has been arrested along with her boyfriend after the pair were found with 30 baggies of heroin during a police sting, authorities say.
Katheryn Kalikow, 27, and Brian Whalen, 28, had allegedly advertised the drugs on Craiglist as a ‘high quality diesel pain relief.’ They were taken into custody in the Bronx, New York, Sunday night after they agreed to sell the drugs to undercover detectives for $440, according to court documents.
Kalikow’s father is Peter S Kalikow, a real estate baron with a fortune of up to $1billion. He is the former head of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, once ran the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and is a former owner of the New York Post.
Arrested: Brian Whalen, 28, and Katheryn Kalikow, 27, are accused of selling heroin through Craigslist ads
Wealthy: Katheryn Kalikow is the daughter of Peter S Kalikow, a real estate mogul worth up to $1billion who is the former chairman of the MTA and head of the Port Authority of New York and Jersey
Katherine Kalikow and Whalen are both graduates of the elite private college Vasser.
Court documents show undercover Bronx police detectives responded to a Craiglist post advertising ‘stamps, diesel, H train, dope, bundles, tickets, dog food’ – all of which are slang for heroin.
Officers set up a meeting with the dealers in the Bronx near the campus of Fordham University.
Court documents say Whalen and Kalikow arrived at the agreed-upon address in a blue Volkswagen.
When approached by the undercover officers, Kalikow said, ‘I have the drugs. He’s my boyfriend and I was holding on to it for him,’ according to the criminal complaint.
Partners: Kalkow told police that she was holding the drugs for her boyfriend, Whalen. Both alleged dealers went to elite Vasser College in upstate New York
Police arrested the pair and discovered three bags filled with ten small plastic baggies each containing brown powder.
Detectives confirmed that the power was heroin.
Both Kalikow and Whalen have been charged with possession of drugs with intent to deliver and possession.
On Whalen’s public Facebook he has what appears to be a photo of six different varieties of marijuana.
Whalen’s lawyer, Marvin Raskin, said his client has pleaded not guilty to the charges and been released from jail. He had no comment about the Facebook picture.
Whalen lives in Burlington, Vermont, but his attorney said he has ‘strong family roots’ in New York and the surrounding area.
Katheryn Kalikow’s lawyer did not return a phone call seeking comment.
She listed her address as 1001 Fifth Avenue, her parent’s multimillion-dollar penthouse apartment that is across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Kalikow’s father, Peter, operates a successful real estate business based in his 49-floor skyscraper, 101 Park Avenue.
Peter Kalikow has been a prominent New Yorker since he built 629-foot-tall building in 1982. He inherited the real estate company from his father and is the third-generation owner.
He bought the New York Post in 1988 for $37.6million after Rupert Murdoch was forced to sell it because of media ownership laws.
He lost the paper to bankruptcy in 1993.
He is a known aficionado of Ferrari sports cars and owns some 45 models – including several custom cars.