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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

California Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Large-Scale Fentanyl Analogue Pill Mill Operation

TRENTON, N.J. – A California man was sentenced today to 360 months in prison for conspiracy and manufacturing, distributing, and possessing with intent to manufacture and distribute a fentanyl analogue, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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

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 Tablack, which the trial jury had found were subject to forfeiture.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigation (HSI), Newark Division, under the direction of under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina; postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Raimundo Marrero; and special agents of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, Northeast Area Field Office, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tazneen Shahabuddin of the Special Prosecutions Division and Sarah Devlin, Chief of the Asset Recovery and Money Laundering Unit.

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Opioids
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Press Release Number: 
22-056
Updated February 16, 2022