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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sacramento Man Charged with Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against David Donald Savage, 44, of Sacramento, charging him with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Savage was arrested after a search of his vehicle revealed a backpack containing a loaded .45-caliber Springfield XD pistol, 120 grams of methamphetamine, 30 grams of heroin, and a scale.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Quinn Hochhalter and Justin Lee are prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Savage faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $1 million fine. 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 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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 
2:18-cr-139-WBS
Updated July 27, 2018