Vallejo Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Christopher Matthew Rougeau, 38, of Vallejo, pleaded guilty today to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on April 20, 2022, law enforcement officers found Rougeau in his car and searched him pursuant to a search warrant. They found a pistol in a holster on his hip. On the passenger seat, officers found 159 grams of methamphetamine, which was 94% pure, and a digital scale. In the backseat, officers found another pistol. Rougeau has been previously convicted in California state court of multiple firearm and drug offenses.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas M. Fogg is prosecuting the case.

Rougeau is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 5, 2022, by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb. Rougeau faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.