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Armed Virginia fentanyl trafficker sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison

Crystal Graham
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A Virginia man was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 20 years in prison for distributing fentanyl, heroin and cocaine and for unlawfully possessing three firearms.

Steven Oliver, 43, of Richmond was sentenced to 235 months in prison.

According to court documents, Oliver was part of a larger drug trafficking organization operating in the Richmond area.

Between June 2020 and January 2023, Oliver was involved in the trafficking of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine. Between April and November 2022, Oliver distributed more than 175 grams of fentanyl, some of which he marketed as heroin.

During this time frame, Oliver also possessed with the intent to distribute approximately 14.5 kilograms of heroin.

Oliver informed law enforcement that, prior to his arrest in 2023, he had received approximately 750 grams of heroin from his source of supply for distribution during 2021 and 2022.

On Jan. 11, 2023, a search warrant was executed on Oliver’s residence.

Law enforcement discovered that Oliver unlawfully possessed three firearms and ammunition despite his prohibited status as a convicted felon. Additional distribution quantities of cocaine and fentanyl were recovered from Oliver’s residence during the search.


Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.