LSD dealer faces jail term.

November 2, 2020

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LSD dealer faces jail term.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 28-year-old Grand Rapids man faces up to four months in jail after pleading guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Nov. 2, to delivery/manufacture of a schedule 1, 2, 3 drug — lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).

Steven Michael Nixon testified before Judge Robert D. Springstead that he made a drug deal in a car pool parking lot in Shelby Township, Aug. 16, with a person who turned out to be a confidential informant.

Nixon told Judge Springstead that he had 10 sheets of LSD in his possession and sold “nine or 10 sheets” for $4,000.

“I was just trying to make money,” he said. “I don’t know much about it. I’m not into it. I don’t do drugs. I was just really broke.”

Nixon told the judge that he didn’t put any money up front to acquire the LSD. “I was a middle man.”

Nixon said he was supposed profit $2,000 from the deal.

“Who did you get it from?” Springstead asked. “I’d rather not say,” Nixon answered.

“I just asked you a direct question,” the judge said. Nixon provided a first name, stating that both his supplier and the buyer — who turned out to be an informant — were “acquaintances on Snapchat.”

“I met him at a concert a long time ago, and he approached me,” Nixon said of the buyer. “In the past, I was known to use drugs, but it’s been a long time since I’ve used any drugs at all.”

“I think you need to be more honest with me,” said the judge. “I’m not buying it. You’re minimizing your involvement. Whether I go along with this plea agreement, I’m going to think about it. I will decide at sentencing if I can go with the plea agreement or reject it and go to trial.”

Nixon appeared in court with his attorney Anna Rappa via Zoom video conferencing due to COVID-19. He is free on bond, which is $5,000/cash/surety. Oceana County Assistant Prosecutor Chad DeRouin is prosecuting the case.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-9 months.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 11 at 11 a.m.

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