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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Scott C. Blader
, United States Attorney
Contact: Rita M. Rumbelow

Armed Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Mikael Matthews, 24, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to two years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Matthews pleaded guilty to this charge on August 12, 2019. His prison term will be followed by a three-year period of supervised release.

On March 6, 2019, officers with the Madison Police Department arrested Matthews on an outstanding warrant. In his pants pockets, he had $4,200 and 55 tablets of methamphetamine, for a total weight of 18 grams. A drug dog alerted on Matthews’ car, and officers recovered marijuana, a scale and a loaded, stolen Taurus 9mm gun with one round in the chamber.

Judge Conley denied Matthews’ request for a sentence of one year and one day, because of the presence of the firearm and because of Matthews’ history of assaultive behavior.

The charge against Matthews was the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.


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