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Jury convicts Detroit man of delivering heroin in Flint

Originally published by Mlive.com on May 13, 2013

FLINT, MI -- A Detroit man faces up to 40 years in prison after a jury convicted him of delivering heroin in Flint.

Jurors returned a guilty verdict Monday, May 13, against Marcel Anthony Mitchell, 27, on one count of delivery of less than 50 grams of heroin.

Mitchell was arrested June 1, 2011, by members of the Flint Area Narcotics Group who were working on a tip.

Investigators said they observed Mitchell and two other men acting suspiciously in a vehicle on Hughes Street in Flint.

Officers passed the vehicle and returned, observing the front seat passenger stuffing a plastic baggie in his mouth and the back seat passenger stuffing something onto the floor.

The three men exited their vehicle and officers found a baggie containing 56 bundles of heroin on the floor where Mitchell was sitting.

“Drug dealers are a scourge on our community,” Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said in a statement following the verdict. “I am pleased that we were able to obtain this conviction and put Marcel Mitchell in jeopardy of being sent away to prison for a substantial amount of time."

The charge typically carries a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, but because Mitchell is a four-time convicted offender he could face up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced July 8 by Genesee Circuit Judge Geoffrey Neithercut.

State records show that Mitchell was previously sentenced to 2-15 years in prison in 2004 for armed robbery in Wayne County. He was released in 2008.

He was convicted in 2010 of second-degree home invasion and in 2012 of breaking and entering with intent.

The case was tried by Special Assistant Attorney General Barney Whitesman, who was assigned to Leyton's staff as part of the state's effort to curb violence in high-crime cities.


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