ALPENA, MI – After a string of heroin drug overdoses in the Alpena area, the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT) launched an investigation which led them to arrest three suspects for their part in the delivery of suspected drug.
Testing suggests the drug may be laced with Fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid common in overdoses.
HUNT become aware of three overdoses within the City of Alpena between February 15th and 17th, 2019. That information launched an investigation into the origin of the substance involved. It was determined that there was a single residence that was the source, and ultimately the persons responsible for the distribution of the substances were identified.
On March 4th, 2019, 21-year-old Aaron Bissonette, of Alpena, was arrested for the delivery of suboxone, conspiracy to deliver heroin, and maintaining a drug house.
The investigation revealed Bissonette was renting an apartment in the 1000 block of W. Washington Ave within the City of Alpena. A search warrant was executed on that apartment during the late evening hours of March 5th.
The MSP Emergency Services Team assisted with the search warrant based upon the high-risk nature of the mission combined with information that Bissonette had been allowing a number of associates stay with her.
33-year-old Milton Baytops, of Flint, and 28-year-old Chasity Wolff, of Lansing, were also arrested following the execution of the search warrant.
Baytops, who is on parole with the Michigan Department of Corrections Detroit Office, was charged with two counts of delivery of heroin and conspiracy to deliver heroin. Wolff was charged with conspiracy to deliver heroin.
A field test of the substances seized from the apartment indicated the possible presence of heroin and fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is considerably more powerful than heroin, and often causes overdoses. Any substance laced with fentanyl is commonly referred to as ‘fire’ as a marketing concept for street level users, and the term generally implies that the substance can cause death.
Milton Baytops has previous convictions for:
- Controlled Substance-Maintaining a Drug House (Macomb County)
- Controlled Substance-Creation/Del Counterfeit Subs-Narc/Meth (Macomb County)
- Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manf., Nar/Coc <50 Grams (Macomb County)
- Weapons – Felony Firearms (Wayne County)
- Domestic Violence – 3rd Offense (Kent County)
- Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manf., Nar/Coc <50 Grams – Attempt (Wayne County)
HUNT was assisted with the investigation by the Michigan State Police Emergency Services Team, Michigan State Police K9 unit Alpena Post, troopers from the Michigan State Police Alpena Post and the Alpena City Police Department, and the Alpena Fire Department.