Man sent to prison for possession with intent to deliver heroin.

May 4, 2020

Steve Olvera

Man sent to prison for possession with intent to deliver heroin.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 20-year-old Shelby man was sentenced to a prison term of 20 months to 20 years for a conviction of possession with intent to deliver 50-449 grams of heroin Monday, May 4, in 27th Circuit Court.

Steve Olvera, of 98 Sessions Rd., pleaded guilty to the charge, March 9.

Proceedings in circuit court are being live streamed on YouTube due to COVID-19 precautions. Inmates appear for proceedings via Polycom teleconferencing from the Oceana County Jail.

Olvera testified in March before Judge Robert D. Springstead that he was in possession of 345 grams of heroin Aug. 7, 2019 in Grant Township.

“It was in my car,” Olvera said. “I was driving.”

“Did you transport this heroin from one location to another?” Judge Springstead asked “Yes,” Olvera said. The heroin belonged to someone else, but he knew it was in his car, he said.

The maximum penalty for delivery/manufacture of a narcotic/cocaine 50-449 grams is 20 years in prison.

Olvera was arrested by the State, Sheriffs Chiefs Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT), according to his court file.

Judge Sprinstead said he would not object to Olvera being placed in Special Alternative Incarceration (SAI) or “boot camp” if the Michigan Department of Corrections deems he is eligible.

Another charge of false report of a felony was dismissed in exchange for his plea.

Sentencing guidelines for the minimum in his case are 36-60 months, said Judge Springstead.

Olvera received credit for 134 days served in jail.

Olvera has no prior criminal convictions, said his attorney Timothy Hayes.

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