Wyatt Pasek (22), AKA Oxygod who hails from Santa Ana, California and was known to flaunt money and material goods on social media was arrested in April of 2018 along with two other men for selling fentanyl disguised as oxycodone to buyers.
Oxygod used to show off money, cars and more material goods on social networks.
Last Monday, he was arraigned before a court in Santa Ana and sentenced to 17+ years by United States District Judge James V. Selna for his involvement in a conspiracy to sell illicit drugs to people over the internet, and in person.
Oxygod and two of his business associates, Duc Cao (22) and Isaiah Suarez (23) - are accused of illegally purchasing Fentanyl and a similar synthetic opioid known as Cyclopropyl Fentanyl from Chinese suppliers over the internet, and making the pills to look like oxycodonewith a pill press in their residence, distributing the drugs through mail, in person and often through darknet marketplaces.
In November of last year, Pasek pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to traffic narcotics, money laundering and possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon. He had three drug-related convictions at the time.
During his arrest, police recovered almost 100,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills, fentanyl, hundreds of fake Xanax pills and cash. Prior to Oxygod and his cohort’s arrests, DEA, IRS and Costa Mesa investigators were able to intercept blue pills that looked like 30mg Oxycodone being transported around the country to Pasek’s customers.
Commenting on the matter, U.S attorney Nick Hanna condemned the act, adding that Pasek (Oxygod) and friends are complicit in the devastating opioid crisis America is currently battling. He stated that
The use of powerful drugs such as fentanyl in counterfeit pills intentionally made to look like less lethal opioids demonstrates a complete disrespect for human life.
In court, he apologetically voiced
I can’t even imagine how much damage I have done.
At his hearing on Monday. He has since given up over $21,000 in cash, gold bars, jewelry and thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency confiscated during his arrest last year to authorities as part of his plea agreement.
Oxygod and his partners were selling pills online nationwide to at least 20 states through the dark web and pressing the pills in NewPort Beach. Pasek’s special pills were stamped A 215 and were round and blue, which looked very much like familiar pain medication.
His operation also used USPS EasyPost, a commercial shipping company and fake names on his parcels to avoid police detection.
Oxygod posing while pretending to count money to keep his followers on social networks.
Oxygod’s fall began in 2017 when a confidential FBI informant blew the whistle on two dealers into Oxycodone and Xanax. This information precipitated an investigation into his operation, with the DEA staging buys from Pasek and learning that he had a stash of almost 100,000 more pills. Investigators had previously confirmed he was the supplier of the A 215 pills with analysis of his telephone number with a call from one of his sellers.
The FDA was also involved, with undercover investigators purchasing $530 worth of pressed oxycodone mixed with .8mg of fentanyl from “Oxygod” on Dream, an online darknet marketplace.
U.S Marshals investigations into Pasek’s finances also revealed he was living way above his means since he had no regular job. He had been living in a penthouse in the Essex Skyline Apartments - a luxury real estate service and paid more than $5,000 for rent, and had false income statements that said he made $9,2500 dollars biweekly, a statement authorities knew was bogus.
He was close surveilled by law enforcement and towards the end had various warrants out for his data, cars and stash houses which included his mother’s.
Brett Sagel, Assistant U.S Attorney called the enterprise deadly
That’s what can be so deadly, is when people that are aren’t trained to put together these pills are sending them nationwide with what they believe is the right amount of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, and that can be more dangerous than just straight oxycodone alone.
Mr. Sagel said in an interview with the media that this was Pasek’s fourth drug-related conviction by at the age of 22 and believes that “at some point it’s not just immaturity, but a choice.”
DEA Special Agent Doug Coleman said in a statement:
Drug traffickers using the dark web feel a sense of security with the anonymity to sell their poisons throughout the world. This investigation clearly demonstrates they aren’t safe, they aren’t anonymous , and they can’t evade justice.
His sentencing comes close on the heels of the White House publishing a number of advisory notes to the effect that cryptocurrencies are the go-to financial market for illegal drug transactions in recent times. A blacklist was created with close to a dozen bitcoin and litecoin addresses making their way to that list.
The U.S Treasury Department’s Office also announced that 3 Chinese citizens were being added to the Specially Designated Nationals list for the role in shipping synthetic opioids to the States.
Pasek (Oxygod) was handed down a sentence of 17 and a half years.
His co-defendants Cao and Suarez also pled guilty in court and received sentences of over 7 years and 3 years respectively.