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kenly man sentenced to life for narcotics & weapon violations

June 5, 2013

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday, DAVID NEIL PHILLIPS, 38, of Kenly, North Carolina was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox to life imprisonment, followed by supervised release for a term of life.

On November 6, 2012, PHILLIPS pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Manufacture, Distribute, and Dispense and Possess With Intent to Distribute 500 Grams or More of a Mixture and Substance Containing a Detectable Amount of Methamphetamine and 5 Kilograms or More of Cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, and Section 841(b)(1)(A) and one count of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 924(c)(1)(A).

According to the investigation, from September 2008 until August 2011, PHILLIPS is accountable for 47.0206 kilograms of cocaine, 12.8864 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, and 140 grams of methamphetamine.  Firearms were possessed in connection with PHILLIPS drug-trafficking activities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer E. Wells prosecuted the case.



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