Alpena man Shipp‘ed’ off to prison on drug charges
Another member of an alleged small heroin ring operating in Alpena is headed to prison.
Justin Shipp, 23, was sentenced Tuesday, to 23 months to 20 years in prison, on charges of delivery of heroin and maintaining a drug house. Shipp joins two other defendants who are already serving time in prison and were part of the same group selling drugs
Judge Michael Mack went against a Michigan Department of Corrections recommendation that Shipp spend time in jail. Mack said the stiffer sentence was warranted because of Shipp’s criminal drug history and because of the problems he has caused while being held at the Alpena County Jail.
Shipp and the other two men were arrested in August, 2009, following an investigation by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT).