Shelby man sentenced to prison for heroin, boot camp possible.

November 25, 2019

Juan Camarero-Otero with interpreter Kathy Fuehring.

Shelby man sentenced to prison for heroin, boot camp possible.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 29-year-old Shelby man was sentenced to 23 months to 20 years in prison in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Nov. 25, for a felony conviction of possession with intent to deliver heroin less than 50 grams.

Juan Miguel Camarero-Otero, of 3071 W. Baseline Rd., pleaded guilty, Sept. 16, and testified through a Spanish interpreter that he was in possession of 35 grams of heroin, Aug. 15, in Hart Township. Camarero-Otero was was arrested by the State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT), according to court records. It was a large drug bust involving the arrest of several people.

In exchange for his plea, a second charge of delivery/manufacture of a narcotic 50-224 grams was dismissed.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-11 months, said Judge Bradley G. Lambrix. The sentence exceeds the guidelines “due the substantial weight of drugs in the case that was dismissed,” said Lambrix. The amount of heroin in the dismissed case was 450 grams, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Camarero-Otero is a US citizen, Bizon said.

Camarero-Otero’s attorney Julie Springstead-Waltz asked Judge Lambrix to not oppose placement of her client in Special Alternative Incarceration (SAI) or “boot camp.”

“I will evaluate that at the appropriate time,” Lambrix said. “I’m not opposed if you qualify for the program.”

Camarero-Otero received credit for 95 days served in jail.

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