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Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for large-scale fentanyl analogue pill mill operation

NEW JERSEY – A California man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for conspiracy and manufacturing, distributing, and possessing with intent to manufacture and distribute a fentanyl analogue, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.

Andrew Tablack, 30, of Beverly Hills was convicted in July 2021of manufacturing, distributing, and possessing with intent to manufacture and distribute pills containing cyclopropyl fentanyl, an analogue of fentanyl intended for human consumption, and conspiracy to do the same, following a jury trial before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp in Trenton federal court, Sellinger said.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial, from at least March 2017 through December 2017, Tablack ran a pill-making operation that distributed millions of fentanyl analogue pills throughout the United States, including New Jersey. These pills contained a powerful synthetic opioid with significant abuse potential. Tablack manufactured these illegal pills in clandestine labs in and near Los Angeles and sold them anonymously on the dark web, the Internet’s black market, using the moniker “XanaxKing2.” Tablack shipped approximately 400,000 of his illegal pills per month and made millions of dollars from his illegal operation in digital currency that is commonly used in the black market due to its relative anonymity.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Shipp sentenced Tablack to three years of supervised release and ordered the forfeiture of various cryptocurrency holdings and electronic devices belonging to him, which the trial jury had found were subject to forfeiture, Sellinger said.

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