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A Sacramento man who has more than $700,000, the sale of toxic fertilizers as a diet pill was on Tuesday sentenced to three years in federal prison, according to the Ministry of Justice.
Scott Edward Cavell, 36, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to the sale of misbranded drugs across the border, was on Tuesday sentenced for the trade of misbranded drugs.
The prosecutors said that between 2015 and 2017, Cavell, and others marketed a drug called 2,4-Dinitrophenol, or DNP, to lose weight and burn fat while officially selling it as a fertilizer.
DNP is used as a fertilizer, pesticide, and for making dyes, but it is not approved for human consumption because the Food and Drug Administration says that it is also toxic.
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Cavell on the market and sold the pills on several websites, including the now-defunct website, thefertilizerwarehouse.com the Sacramento Bee reported. He uses these websites to fool you, the Food and Drug Administration, the report said.
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Cavell recognized that he controlled the websites that sold the drug in pill form as a supplement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.