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Elk Grove man sentenced for trafficking prescription pills

An Elk Grove man indicted in a drug trafficking scheme has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison.

Michael Deshone Mathews, 42, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and possession with intent to distribute heroin, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Law enforcement officers began investigating reports in 2014 that Mathews was purchasing prescription medications from people in the Sacramento area, according to court documents. At the same time, investigators learned that Mathews was receiving cash deposits into various bank accounts from another state.

Authorities said the investigation revealed that Mathews was meeting individuals with apparently legitimate prescriptions and paying them in exchange for pills they obtained from pharmacies. Mathews then transported the pills to Washington state and received payment for their resale through bank deposits.

When law enforcement officers searched Mathews’ home, vehicle and storage locker, they found large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and prescription medications. They also found a large number of firearms and body armor, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the California Highway Patrol, the Sacramento County Probation Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department and the Sacramento and Elk Grove police departments.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy