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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 27, 2016

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 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 Washington state and receive 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs
Press Release Number: 
2:15-cr-118-GEB
Updated May 27, 2016