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Sacramento Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Possessing Methamphetamine for Distribution

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Vern Saeteurn, 34, of Sacramento, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents searched Saeteurn’s home on Sept. 6, 2018. They found about 11 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. Saeteurn was purchasing around 10 kilograms of methamphetamine several times a week.

This case was 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 Michael Beckwith prosecuted the case.

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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Updated September 23, 2022

Drug Trafficking