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4 men indicted in drug trafficking scheme

A federal grand jury on Thursday returned a six-count indictment against four men accused in a drug trafficking scheme that involved procuring oxycodone in the Sacramento area and sending it to Washington state for sale.

The four are Michael Deshone Mathews, 42, of Elk Grove; Earshell Hayes, 49, of Puyallup, Wash.; Leon Currie Fields Jr., 43, of Sacramento; and David William Dixon, 36, of Acampo, according to a U.S. attorney’s office news release.

Mathews, Hayes and Fields are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone; while Mathews, Hayes and Dixon are charged with money laundering related to trafficking of the drug. Mathews is also charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a short-barrel rifle.

Hayes is accused of depositing cash in amounts of $4,000 and $6,000 in accounts controlled by Mathews and Dixon to pay for the drugs.

Agents executed search warrants at locations controlled by Mathews, authorities said. In a storage locker, they found approximately 382 grams of methamphetamine; more than 8,000 prescription pills of various types; 37 firearms, including a short-barrel rifle; and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Agents also found 242 grams of a substance believed to be black tar heroin in a truck driven by Mathews, authorities said.

Mathews is in federal custody and Dixon has been released on bond. Hayes and Fields are out of custody, subject to electronic monitoring, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sacramento County Probation Department; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; California Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse; the U.S. Marshals Service; U.S. Postal Service; Elk Grove Police Department; California Department of Health Care Services; and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.