A 25-year-old Brisbane man who packaged methamphetamine as fake Adderall pills — which he stored at multiple locations in the Bay Area, including in San Francisco’s Richmond District — was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Tuesday as part of a plea deal.
Federal agents found orange pills marked with “AD” on one side and “-3|0-” on the other, mimicking the appearance of real 30 milligram Adderall pills, when they executed a search warrant in June on Gino Carl von Eckstein’s car and three residences in San Francisco, Brisbane, and San Leandro.
“There is no way for the customers to have known how much methamphetamine was in the pills that the defendant distributed, or what chemical they contained,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheila Armbrust wrote in court filings. “The defendant was not only dealing a drug that ruins the lives of its users, their families, and their friends, but he was also doing so by disguising the nature of the drug he was dealing.”
Von Eckstein had dies and two pill press machines to manufacture and imprint the counterfeit pills at his San Leandro address.
According to court documents, federal agents also seized a whiteboard from von Eckstein’s Brisbane bedroom with items written on it such as “ADDS – Production – Pill Die,” “SHROOMS P.C/Jars -> Pasteurize” and “MDMA – Get Stamp,” which FBI Agent Scott Medearis said was a to-do list for drug trafficking.
“The whiteboard seized from defendant’s home also suggests that he had plans to expand his pill manufacturing to MDMA pills, which are pills that are abused by young adults,” court documents said.
In addition to his 10-year federal prison sentence, von Eckstein also faces local charges in San Francisco Superior Court of assault with a firearm and first-degree residential robbery. The plea deal allows any prison time to be served concurrently.