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Rancho Cordova Men Indicted for Drug Trafficking and Firearm Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Matthew Lee Roberson, 36, and Randy Lee Collins, 61, both of Rancho Cordova. The indictment charges Roberson with heroin and methamphetamine dealing as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment charges Collins with being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, on August 22, 2019, deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service assisted DEA special agents in executing a search warrant at the home shared by Roberson and Collins. Roberson complied with the order to get on the floor and was arrested. Collins, however, exited the bedroom and pointed a loaded 9 mm gun at the deputies. When he did not comply with commands to drop the gun, members of the entry team fired their weapons at him. Collins was struck in the hand, and he subsequently dropped the gun. Medical aid was rendered to Collins. During the search, agents discovered multiple firearms, methamphetamine, and heroin in the house.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hitt is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Roberson faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. Collins faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 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; each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated September 5, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 2:19-cr-156-JAM