Melchior, 33, of Novato, California, pleaded guilty to the charge on January 28, 2020. In pleading guilty, Melchior admitted he possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. In September of 2018, Marin County Major Crimes Task Force Detectives initiated an investigation into a known narcotics dealer in Marin County. Through their investigation, they identified Melchior as a narcotics supplier.
Detectives executed a search warrant at Melchior’s residence on October 30, 2018. Inside the residence, Detectives 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. The currency was later seized as part of the investigation.
Melchior has an extensive criminal history to include nine prior adult convictions, including possession of narcotics, burglary, evading a peace officer, escape, and car theft. Melchior was released from Marin County Probation in early 2018 after successful completion.
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, US District Judge William H. 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.
The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.
Prepared by: Sergeant Brenton Schneider (628-888-9398 or firstname.lastname@example.org)