Former Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver pleaded no contest yesterday to possessing an unlicensed handgun and paid a $250 fine. The charge could be dismissed in 90 days if Oliver stays out of trouble.
Oliver was charged after a loaded handgun was found in his checked luggage Oct. 18 at Detroit airport. Oliver bought the weapon in Phoenix, his hometown, in 1973. Oliver said that he didn’t know he had to register the gun in Michigan.
Oliver said nothing in court. Oliver, who became Detroit chief in February 2002, quit last Friday. He also was fined $300 by the federal Transportation Security Administration for failing to declare that the gun was in his checked baggage.