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Modesto Man Charged with Drug Trafficking & Illegal Firearms Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Andrew Paul Satariano, 41, of Modesto, charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on Sept. 4, 2021, Satariano fled from officers at speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour during an attempted traffic stop in the City of Waterford in Stanislaus County. Satariano was apprehended hiding nearby, and deputies discovered approximately 2 pounds of methamphetamine and two loaded handguns in the driver’s area of the vehicle. Satariano is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office; the Modesto Police Department; and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine E. Schuh is prosecuting the case.

If convicted of the methamphetamine distribution charge, Satariano faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. If convicted of the possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, Satariano faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Any sentence, however, would 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. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated January 31, 2024

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