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Appeals court won’t overturn drug conviction

A Flint man who brought narcotics to Alpena and used area women to deliver them won’t get a jury’s guilty verdict overturned, the Michigan Court of Appeals announced on Friday.

Milton Baytops, of Flint, appeared before an Alpena jury on drug charges in July 2019 after a sting by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team caught him giving narcotics to Alpena women, whom he found through social media, to deliver to local purchasers while he hid in an Alpena residence.

Baytops was found guilty and sentenced to five to 20 years in prison.

In an appeal, Baytops claimed his attorney, Justin Wilson, was ineffective.

The appeals court agreed that Wilson should have objected more during the trial and kept the jury from hearing certain testimony. It said, however, that, because of the weight of the evidence against Baytops, the point was moot.

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