TULSA, Okla. — A federal jury convicted 41-year-old Michael Lamont Phillips, from Muskogee, for possessing with intent to distribute crack cocaine in Tulsa, according to U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
Phillips — also known as “Mike Mike” — was found guilty of possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute.
“[Phillips] intended to deal crack cocaine in the Tulsa community and was arrested by the Tulsa Police Department Street Crimes investigators,” Johnson said.
On April 18, 2021, Tulsa Police Street Crimes investigators were patrolling around 4700 East Apache Street after several residents complained about drug and firearms offenses, gang activity and shootings taking place in the area. While on patrol, an investigator saw a line of cars driving eastbound quickly and recklessly, including a car driven by Phillips.
The investigator stopped Phillips for speeding and driving recklessly without a seatbelt. During the stop, the investigator noted that Phillip’s breath smelled like alcohol, and the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He also found that Phillips had two outstanding warrants and was driving on a suspended license.
Phillips was taken into custody and a search of his vehicle was conducted for open containers of alcohol and drugs. During the search, officers located what appeared to be crack cocaine in a natural void near the center console of the vehicle. The substance tested positive for cocaine and weighed almost 30 grams.
Officers also found an open bottle of vodka, marijuana and $264 in various denominations. Based on the quantity of the crack cocaine and the amount and denominations of the money, officers concluded and testified in court there was cause to believe that Phillips possessed the crack in order to sell it.
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