Leader of 'fentapill' pressing operation that produced tens of thousands of pills per hour gets prison sentence

Leader of ‘fentapill’ pressing operation that produced tens of thousands of pills per hour gets prison sentence

(As originally published, Tue, November 21st 2023, 8:34 PM EST)

ORLANDO, Fla. (TND) — A man who “ran an operation that pressed pills to look like legitimately manufactured pharmaceuticals that actually contained fentanyl and fentanyl analogs — so-called ‘fentapills'” — will be spending years in prison and turning over hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Patrick Silfrain, of Winter Garden, Fla., has been sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison.

The 41-year-old will also have to turn over “firearms used in the conspiracy, as well as jewelry, and over $600,000 in currency, which was traceable to the drug offenses.”

According to court documents, “Silfrain operated numerous pill presses at the same time; each of which had the capacity to produce 5,000 pills per hour.”

They also said the Drug Enforcement Administration got “evidence of numerous shipments of controlled substances and binding agents.

Leader of 'fentapill' pressing operation that produced tens of thousands of pills per hour gets prison sentence
Patrick Silfrain pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, despite being accused of leading a ‘fentapill’ pressing operation, April 20, 2022. (Seminole Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“Based on the total quantity of binding agents sent to the Silfrain operation, the DEA estimated it to be enough to press 3,760,000 pills.”

Two co-defendants who were arrested with Silfrain in April 2022 were also sentenced to prison.

That same day, the DEA executed search warrants on multiple locations and reported finding over 23 kilograms of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, over a kilogram of methamphetamine, 17 firearms, 11 pill presses, and over $600,000 in U.S. currency, traceable to the drug operation.

Silfrain had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl exactly one year ago, on Nov. 21, 2022.

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