SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento man was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday for causing misbranded drugs to be introduced into interstate commerce, the Department of Justice said.

According to court documents, 36-year-old Scott Edward Cavell developed a scheme with others to market and sell a drug, 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) as a weight loss drug and fat burner. Cavell and the others developed the scheme between 2015 and 2017, knowing DNP is not FDA approved.

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He sold DNP in pill form and called it fertilizer, a term it is legally sold under in older circumstances.

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Court documents show Cavell admitted to controlling website that marketed the drug as a supplement while also discouraging its use. He also sold DNP pills on, to purposely mislead FDA regulators.

DNP has been commercially used to manufacture dyes and wood preservatives, as a fertilizer, and as a pesticide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declared that DNP is too toxic to be used for human consumption under any circumstances.

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The DOJ said Cavell collected at least $763,000 for manufacturing the cheap fertilizer into pills for human consumption.