Drug Enforcement Administration

San Francisco

Christopher Nielsen, Special Agent in Charge

May 27, 2016

Contact: Casey Rettig

Phone Number: (415) 436-7994

Elk Grove Man Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison For Distribution Of Prescription Pills And Heroin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Michael Deshone Mathews, 42, of Elk Grove, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 11 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and possession with intent to distribute heroin, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge John J. Martin announced.

According to court documents, law enforcement began investigating reports in 2014 that Mathews was purchasing prescription medications from individuals in the Sacramento area. At the same time, investigators learned that Mathews was receiving cash deposits into various bank accounts from another state.

The investigation revealed that Mathews was meeting individuals with apparently legitimate prescriptions and paying those individuals in exchange for pills obtained from pharmacies. Mathews would then transport the pills to the state of Washington, receiving payment for their resale through bank deposits.

When law enforcement officers searched Mathew’s home, vehicle, and storage locker, they found large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription medications. Agents also found a large number of firearms and body armor.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the California Highway Patrol, the Sacramento County Probation Department, the Nevada County Sherriff’s Department, the United States Marshals Service, the California Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse, the Sacramento Police Department, and the Elk Grove Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Paul Hemesath prosecuted the case.

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