Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has announced that a jury has returned a guilty verdict against a Detroit resident who was selling drugs on the streets of Flint.

Marcel Anthony Mitchell, 27 of Detroit, was found guilty of delivery of heroin less than 50 grams, a 20 year felony. As a four-time convicted habitual offender, Mitchell's sentence could be as much as 40 years in prison.

On June 1, 2011, acting on a tip, members of the Flint Area Narcotics Group observed three men in a vehicle on Hughes Street in the City of Flint acting suspiciously. The officers passed the vehicle and then returned and observed the front seat passenger stuffing a plastic baggie in his mouth and the backseat passenger stuffing something on the floor. The officers exited their vehicle and after having the suspects exit their vehicle, they found a bag containing 56 bundles of heroin on the floor where the defendant was sitting and appeared to stuffing something under the seats.

After the verdict was read Leyton said "drug dealers are a scourge on our community. 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."

Mitchell will be sentenced in Circuit Court on July 8th.