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Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Drug Conspiracy That Led to Overdose Death

U.S. Attorney’s Office September 20, 2012
  • Eastern District of Louisiana (504) 680-3000

NEW ORLEANS—Matthew S. Olvany, age 32, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to 12 years (144 months) imprisonment for conspiring with other known individuals to distribute quantities of heroin and distribution of heroin, announced U.S.Attorney Jim Letten.

In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Lemmon imposed three years of supervised release, following the term of imprisonment. During the three-year term, the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release.

On January 28, 2010, Olvany entered a guilty plea before Judge Lemmon admitting that he conspired with others to distribute quantities of heroin. The guilty plea followed an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that was initiated following the overdose death of a 21-year-old male in February 2008. During the investigation, agents confirmed that Olvany was the source of a quantity of heroin that was ultimately ingested by the 21-year-old male on February 4, 2008.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The prosecution has been handled by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Quinlan, Supervisor of the U.S. Attorney’s Violent Crime Unit; and Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurice Landrieu, Supervisor of the U.S. Attorney’s Drug Unit.