Eastern District of California | Vallejo Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for his Role in Large-Scale Sacramento Cocaine and Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Michael Hampton, 57, of Vallejo, was sentenced Thursday to five many years in jail for conspiracy to distribute and have with intent to distribute at minimum 500 grams of cocaine, U.S. Lawyer Phillip A. Talbert declared.

According to court paperwork, Hampton is amongst the 15 federal defendants arrested in 2021 and billed in a 45-rely indictment for trafficking narcotics as component of a DEA-led multi-company operation concentrating on cocaine and heroin traffickers in North Sacramento. Hampton was intercepted in the course of a 30-day wiretap trafficking a kilogram of powder cocaine.

This situation is the product or service of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Protection Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Provider, the Bureau of Alcoholic beverages, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the U.S. Forest Provider, the U.S. Postal Inspection Assistance, the Bureau of Land Management, the California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Division of Justice, the California Highway Patrol, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office environment, and the Sacramento Law enforcement Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cameron L. Desmond and Aaron D. Pennekamp are prosecuting the case.

On Sept. 29, 2022, Jason Tolbert, 45, of Sacramento, was sentenced to 57 months in jail for possession with intent to distribute cocaine

On Nov. 17, 2022, Charles Cater, 36, of Sacramento, was sentenced to 70 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and to have with intent to distribute at the very least 500 grams of cocaine.

On Nov. 17, 2022, Arlington Caine, 48, of Rio Linda, and Andre Hellams, 40, of North Highlands, pleaded responsible to two counts of using a conversation facility to facilitate a drug trafficking offense. Caine and Hellams are scheduled to be sentenced on February 9, 2023.

On Dec. 1, Bobby Conner, 51, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to two counts of utilizing a conversation facility to aid a drug trafficking offense. Conner is scheduled to be sentenced on March 2, 2023.

Rates are pending against the following defendants: Tyrone Anderson, 40, of Sacramento Maurice Bryant, 51, of Antelope Yovanny Ontiveros, 41, of Sacramento Alex White, 61, of North Highlands Steven Hampton, 61, of Sacramento Wilmer Harden, 52, of Elk Grove Jerome Adams, 54, of North Highlands Dwight Haney, 49, of Sacramento and Mark Martin, 62, of Sacramento. The prices are only allegations the defendants are presumed innocent right up until and except confirmed responsible past a acceptable doubt.

This prosecution is portion of the Structured Criminal offense Drug Enforcement Endeavor Forces (OCDETF) Strike Power Initiative, which presents for the institution of long-lasting multi-company endeavor pressure teams that do the job facet-by-facet in the exact spot. The Sacramento Strike Force is a co-positioned product enables agents from distinctive businesses to collaborate on intelligence-pushed, multi-jurisdictional operations to disrupt and dismantle the most important drug traffickers, funds launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal businesses. The specific mission of the Sacramento Strike Power is to discover, examine, disrupt, and dismantle the most major drug trafficking companies (DTOs) and transnational felony businesses (TCOs) shipping narcotics, firearms, and funds by the Eastern District of California, therefore decreasing the movement of these prison means in California and the relaxation of the United States. The Sacramento Strike Pressure leads intelligence-pushed investigations concentrating on the leadership and assist aspects of these DTOs and TCOs running inside of the Jap District of California, no matter of their geographic base of operations.