Roseville police arrest suspected meth dealer from Sacramento

Convicted criminal was part of state’s early release program
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Narcotics detectives for the Roseville Police Department are releasing details about the arrest of an alleged heroin and methamphetamine dealer in the city, who was caught after a vice operation led back to his house in Sacramento County.

According to Roseville Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther, Michael Ramborger, 45, was selling significant amounts of drugs “in Roseville and other cities throughout the region.” Investigators from Roseville's Vice and Narcotics Enforcement Team obtained an arrest warrant for Ramborger after probing his activities for several weeks.

On the evening of Sept. 5, they moved in on the suspect at his home on Marconi Avenue in Sacramento. Gunther said a search of Ramborger’s house yielded six ounces of methamphetamine and a quarter-ounce of heroin. Narcotics detectives contend the drugs were packaged for sale. Ramborger was also allegedly in possession of a loaded handgun with its serial number removed. Ramborger is a convicted criminal who was released from incarceration under California’s controversial new law, AB109. Designed to help alleviate state prison overcrowding, AB 109 calls for thousands of convicts to be sentenced to county jail rather than state prison. Due to problems with over-crowding in Sacramento County jail, many in the region are sent home under a system called Post Release Community Supervision. Though the California Governor’s Office contends that only non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious offenders qualify for Post Release Community Supervision, many district attorneys across the state have pointed out that the classification is based on the convict’s most recent crime, not his or her criminal history.

Gunther said Ramborger’s arrest is a reminder that some convicts released because of the new law may still be dangerous. “Right now, he’s classified as a non-violent offender,” she said, “but he had a loaded gun with him that had been filed down to make it untraceable.”

Ramborger is being held in the Sacramento County Jail in lieu of $290,000 bail on drug and illegal weapons charges, as well as “flash incarceration” for violating his county parole under AB109. From Gunther’s perspective, the arrest can also be seen as highlighting a certain philosophy of her department. “We want drug dealers to know that if they are selling and committing crimes in Roseville, we’re more than happy to drive into Sacramento County and arrest them,” she said.

~ Scott Thomas Anderson