Orange County man gets 17.5 years for selling counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl
ORANGE COUNTY — A Santa Ana man has been sentenced to 17.5 years in prison for selling counterfeit opioid pills laced with fentanyl, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
22-year-old Wyatt Pasek, who solicited customers through online marketplaces under the alias “oxygod,” and two accomplices obtained fentanyl and a similar drug known as cyclopropyl fentanyl online from suppliers in China and used a pill press to manufacture the counterfeit pills.
Pasek and his accomplices — Duc Cao, 22, of Orange; and Isaiah Suarez, 23, of Newport Beach — all pleaded guilty.
Cao and Suarez were both sentenced earlier this year to 87 months and 37 months in federal prison, respectively.
Pasek, who already had three prior drug-related convictions, and his accomplices were arrested in April 2018.
During the six-month investigation headed by the DEA, IRS Criminal Investigation, and Costa Mesa PD, officials seized blue pills stamped “A 215” made to resemble 30 mg oxycodone pills, twenty packages of which were on their way to customers.