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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 21, 2022

Sacramento Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Possessing Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley sentenced Ou Vern Saeteurn, 26, of Sacramento, to 12 years in prison today for possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on Sept. 6, 2018, law enforcement agents searched Saeteurn’s Oak Park home and found controlled substances or firearms in almost every room. In Saeteurn’s bedroom closet, agents found about 1 kilogram of methamphetamine and about 1 kilogram of cocaine. They also found two loaded firearms, additional ammunition, and about $9,400 in cash. In the rest of this home, officers found more methamphetamine, cocaine base, heroin, opium, about 16 firearms, magazines, and ammunition.

Saeteurn pleaded guilty on Feb. 3, 2022.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, the Sacramento Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael M. Beckwith prosecuted the case.

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.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated July 21, 2022