Wyatt Pasek ran a pill pressing manufactory in Orange County, Los Angeles, where he created fake prescription opioids.
A young Instagram influencer who posed with stacks of money, scantily clad women and high-powered guns has been locked up for drug dealing.
Wyatt Pasek accumulated a big following on-line as ‘Oxygod’, an apparently high rolling 22-year-old who liked to pose in baths filled with cash.
While he was boasting of his investment methods through Instagram stories, Pasek was actually creating his fortune by selling counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl.
Along with 22-year-old Duc Cao and 23-year-old Isaiah Suarez, Pasek ran a secret laboratory on the Balboa peninsula in California where he processed thousands of the pills bought from a Chinese provider.
The drugs were designed to appear like prescription painkiller Oxycontin – an opioid widely taken across the USA – however really contained fentanyl, CBS local reported.
The improbably robust synthetic opioid is simple to overdose on and claimed the lives of 20,000 individuals within the country in 2016.
After the drug racket was busted at the end of a six month investigation, in November Pasek pleaded guilty to charges of narcotics-trafficking conspiracy, being a condemned felon in possession of a firearm and money laundering.
On Monday Pasek, who lived in the penthouse of a Santa Ana high rise, was sentenced to 17 and a half years in jail.
Cao, of Orange County, and Suarez, of Newport Beach, received seven and 3 years severally.
“The defendants in this case played a direct role in supplying this nation’s opioid crisis,” U.S.A. attorney Nick Hanna said in a very statement.
“The use of powerful drugs like fentanyl in counterfeit pills on purpose made to seem like less-lethal opioids demonstrates an entire disrespect for human life.”
At the time of their arrest authorities found a pill press research laboratory with near to 100,000 fake oxycodone pills, six kilograms of fentanyl and hundreds of fake xanax pills.
The drug racket proved to be terribly profitable for the group.
Having spent about a year selling the pills on-line, Pasek had accumulated $21,000 (£17,100) in cash, a Silver Royal Offshore watch with diamonds, a gold and diamond Bitcoin necklace, 2 gold bars and thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency.
He was desirous to show off his wealth under the Instagram nickname yung10x.
In one post he sits on a sofa enclosed by 5 women, pointing a gun at the camera other a table strewn with money and a fancy looking bottle of alcohol.
The caption beneath reads: “Babe if she hip, Saint Laurent if she boujee.”
Another has him sitting on the bonnet of automobile holding cash in his hands with a handkerchief covering his face.
Underneath he wrote: “I think the table’s turning. I think you learn from the bridge you burn when you see it burning.
“I think you learn from the world when you see it turning.”