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San Rafael Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

SAN FRANCISCO – Timothy Melchior was sentenced to 120 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable William H. Alsup, U.S. District Judge.

Melchior, 33, of San Rafael, Calif., pleaded guilty to the charge on January 28, 2020.  In pleading guilty, Melchior admitted he possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.  According to the United States’ sentencing memorandum, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Melchior’s residence on October 30, 2018.  Inside the residence, agents found almost 200 grams of pure methamphetamine, along with distribution amounts of heroin and marijuana; multiple cell phones and laptops; a digital scale and drug packaging materials; approximately $12,000 in cash; and bank records showing that, despite being unemployed, the defendant possessed approximately $85,000 in his bank account. 

A federal grand jury indicted Melchior on December 20, 2018, charging him with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A)(viii). Melchior pleaded guilty to the sole count in the indictment.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Alsup also sentenced the defendant to a five-year period of supervised release.  Melchior’s next court appearance is scheduled for January 26, 2021, to set a date to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ross Weingarten and David Ward are prosecuting the case with the assistance of Margoth Turcios.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force, and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

Updated October 21, 2020