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Detroit Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Detroit, Michigan, man admitted to distributing acetyl fentanyl and fentanyl, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Tyrece Ramone Phillips, also known as “Ty,” 32, pled guilty yesterday before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.  Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (“MDENT”), Charleston Police Department, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, St. Albans Police Department, Nitro Police Department, and South Charleston Police Department.

“Phillips, who has a previous drug conviction, was caught selling acetyl fentanyl and fentanyl on Charleston’s west side,” said United State Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Another Detroit drug dealer has booked his room at the ‘inn.’”

As established by public court filings and hearings, on July 2, 2018, a confidential police informant purchased acetyl fentanyl and fentanyl from Phillips near the 1000 block of 2nd Avenue in Charleston, West Virginia.  Phillips’ maximum possible sentence was enhanced due to a prior conviction for possessing OxyContin with intent to distribute in June 2012.

Phillips is facing up to 30 years imprisonment when he is sentenced on June 17, 2019.  Assistant United States Attorney Drew O. Inman is handling the prosecution.


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Updated March 21, 2019

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