Former Hinsdale man gets 40 months in federal prison

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CONCORD, N.H. — A former Hinsdale, N.H., man who pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance was sentenced Thursday to 40 months in prison.

According to documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, Michael Steever, 40, who was living on Beech Street in Keene when he was arrested in May 2019, came to the attention of the Keene Police Department after receiving information from a confidential informant that he was distributing large quantities of fentanyl in the greater Keene area.

Benjamin Slocum, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, wrote in an affidavit filed with the court that the CI informed investigators that Steever allegedly traveled to Lawrence, Mass., to purchase "bulk amounts of fentanyl from his source of supply."

Upon return to Keene, the CI said Steever divided up the fentanyl into smaller amounts to distribute "to local customers."

Steever has been detained since his arrest in May. Upon release, Steever will be subject to supervision for three years.

According to the Keene Sentinel, on Aug. 13, 2018, Steever was sentenced in Cheshire County Superior Court to five to 10 years in jail, all suspended, for conspiracy to sell heroin. He received another 12 months, all suspended for possession of fentanyl.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or raudette@reformer.com.

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