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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Marysville Man Charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine and Heroin in Sacramento, Sutter, and Placer Counties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment today against Sanit Khamthong, 41, of Marysville, charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, two counts of distribution of heroin, and possession with intent to distribute heroin, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, between May and August 2022, Khamthong conspired with others to acquire methamphetamine and heroin and distribute it in Sacramento, Sutter, and Placer Counties. On Aug. 29, 2022, a law enforcement officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that Khamthong was driving. The officer subsequently located a gallon-size bag of heroin in Khamthong’s pants.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Yuba County Sherriff’s Office, the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office, the Yuba City Police Department, the Marysville Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alstyn Bennett is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Khamthong faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated September 8, 2022