Drug Enforcement Administration

Los Angeles

David Downing, Special Agent in Charge

July 03, 2018

Contact: SA Timothy Massino

Phone Number: (213) 621-6700

Federal criminal complaint alleges La Mirada man who is currently on parole sold more than one pound of methamphetamine

(SANTA ANA, Calif.) - A man currently on both state parole and federal supervised release has been charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances for selling more than one pound of methamphetamine, as well as cocaine. Matthew Belling, 28, of La Mirada, who goes by the moniker “Miagi,” was arrested this morning by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

A federal criminal complaint filed last week alleges that Belling sold more than one pound of methamphetamine in a December 2017 drug deal that was captured on surveillance by the DEA and local law enforcement. The complaint charges Belling with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. 

According to the criminal complaint, Belling has an extensive criminal history, including state felony convictions for attempted murder, possession of marijuana for sale, making/possessing a dangerous weapon, and bringing a controlled substance into a correctional facility. He also has a federal felony conviction for counterfeiting U.S. currency. Belling is also currently on state parole and federal supervised release.

Belling is scheduled to make his initial court appearance in Santa Ana federal court this afternoon. If he were to be convicted of the conspiracy count alleged in the complaint, Belling would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and maximum possible sentence of life without parole.

This matter is being investigated by the DEA and the Cypress Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charles E. Pell of the Santa Ana Branch Office.

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