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Wyatt Pasek designed the tablets to look like the painkiller Oxycontin but they were laced with fentanyl - a synthetic opioid believed to be 80-100 times stronger than morphine.
Pasek - who boasts over 11,000 followers on the 'gram - can be seen posing with stacks of cash, women and high-powered guns. He was even pictured in a bath tub full of cash as opposed to water. Weird.
He posted pictures and videos on the social media platform of his investment strategies, but was actually making a fortune selling the counterfeit pills, according to CBS.
In a post from March earlier this year, Pasek wrote about having patience and persistence to succeed with the caption: "It all started as a dream. Always believe in yourself, even when all else feels like you shouldn't.
"Because if I didn't, I probably wouldn't have the greatest gifts of all TIME and that is the freedom! Freedom for time, freedom of location and most importantly freedom of finances. Life will give you what you put in to it. If you put in the average, it will give you the average in return."
So I guess he put fentanyl in and received jail in return. There's a moral to this story.
Pasek - who was living in a high-rise luxury penthouse in Santa Ana, California - was running the lab with 22-year-old Duc Cao and 23-year-old Isaiah Suarez.
They were running the factory on the Balboa Peninsula in California where thousands of the pills were processed after being bought from a Chinese supplier.
In November, Pasek pleaded guilty to charges of narcotics-trafficking conspiracy, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and money laundering. He has now been sentenced to 17 and a half years behind bars.
Police officers found the pill press lab - which was located in Suarez's apartment - alongside nearly 100,000 fake tablets, six kilograms of fentanyl, hundreds of fake Xanax pills and bundles of cash, federal prosecutors say.
Cao and Suarez have since been sentenced to seven years and three years in prison, respectively, for their roles in the operation.
Upon his arrest authorities seized $21,000 (£17,000) in cash from Pasek - who has three prior drug-related convictions - along with a Silver Royal Offshore watch with diamonds, a gold and diamond Bitcoin necklace, two gold bars from his mother's house and thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency.
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