Sioux City man three time convicted felon for heroin conspiracy

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A jury found a three time convicted felon guilty of heroin conspiracy also guilty of distributing heroin on four separate occasions near parks and a school. 

The man who conspired to distribute heroin within protected locations was convicted by a jury on August 14, 2018, after a three and half day trial in federal court in Sioux City.

Shelton Oliver, also under the alias “Sinbad,” 47, of Sioux City, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and four counts of distribution of heroin, all within 1000 feet of a protected location.  The verdict was returned following approximately two hours of jury deliberations. 

Evidence at trial showed that Oliver distributed heroin on February 7, 14, and 27, 2018, and March 13, 2018, to a confidential informant utilized by law enforcement.  Evidence also showed at trial that Oliver was involved in a conspiracy to distribute heroin in the Sioux City area from 2016 through March 27, 2018.  Evidence proved the conspiracy and the four separate distributions all occurred within 1000 feet of Dale Street Park, Grandview Park, Alfred Thompson Children’s Park, Dinosaur Park, and Hunt Elementary School, in Sioux City, Iowa.

Evidence at trial also showed that on October 6, 2017, Oliver distributed heroin to Ty Olsen, who later died on this same date from a heroin overdose. The evidence at trial further showed that on March 13, 2018, Oliver distributed heroin to the confidential informant in a vehicle while Michael Pinney was overdosing in the passenger seat but was later revived by medical personnel. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Oliver remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  

Oliver faces a mandatory minimum sentence of life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, and at least 6 years of supervised release, if ever released from imprisonment. 

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