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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Sacramento Man Indicted for Possessing Methamphetamine for Distribution and Possessing Stolen Firearms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against A Vern Saeteurn, 30, of Sacramento, charging him with possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, doing so in a location where children were present, and possession of stolen firearms, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents searched Saeteurn’s home on September 6, 2018. They found about 12 kilograms of methamphetamine, a garage lab for adulterating and packaging methamphetamine, and several guns — two of which had been stolen from law enforcement agencies. Four children were also present in the home.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, the Sacramento Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, and the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Beck is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Saeteurn faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 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 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.

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 
2:18-cr-212 TLN
Updated October 25, 2018