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Vallejo Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin and Methamphetamine

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Michael Renay Williams, 62, of Vallejo, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and at least 500 grams of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, between September and November 2020, Williams sold large quantities of heroin and methamphetamine on numerous occasions to an undercover agent. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of approximately 3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Vallejo Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron L. Desmond is prosecuting the case.

Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley. He faces a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will 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.

Charges are pending against co-defendant, Clarence Courtney, 57, of Vallejo. Courtney is scheduled for a jury trial to begin on March 11, 2024. The charges are only allegations; he 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

Updated March 30, 2023

Drug Trafficking