Pill Presses, Punches and Dies Found in Home of Man Indicted for Possession of Counterfeit Pills Made with Methamphetamine
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that a federal grand jury indicted a man found with counterfeit Adderall pills that were made with methamphetamine. Gino Carl von Eckstein was indicted for possession with intent to distribute after federal agents executed search warrants on his vehicle and three homes. In a total from all four locations, agents found over 1,000 grams of methamphetamine.
According to the criminal complaint, agents executed search warrants on von Eckstein’s car and three properties he was associated with. In the vehicle, agents discovered over 660 grams of counterfeit Adderall pills. At a house in San Francisco, another 200 grams of the fake pills were seized. At a bedroom believed to be von Eckstein’s in a house in Brisbane, agents found a bag of orange powder and a drug to-do list on a whiteboard. The search of a house in San Leandro turned up two different pill presses, plus punches and dies needed to press pills into different shapes.
Von Eckstein is currently in custody. If he is found guilty, he faces a minimum of ten years in prison and possibly a maximum sentence of life in prison. This case is the result of the combined investigational efforts of the DEA, Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheila Armbrust is prosecuting this case. Member agencies of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force focused on investigating and prosecuting the most significant drug trafficking organizations throughout the U.S. also contributed to the investigation and the prosecution.