A 34-year-old man has admitted in federal court to manufacturing hundreds of thousands of knockoff Xanax pills in the basement of his parents’ Sparks home, and selling them for millions of dollars on a dark corner of the internet.
He called himself “Xanaxman.”
Ryan Farace, of Sparks and Reisterstown, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal drug charges and money laundering. His co-defendant, Robert Swain, 34, of Freeland, pleaded guilty to money laundering.
With his plea, Farace admitted to operating an elaborate manufacturing lab in his parents’ basement, with a pill press the size of a vending machine, pill molds stamped with “Xanax,” pill dye and mixing equipment he...