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Federal jury finds Bay Area methamphetamine traffickers guilty

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) – A federal jury found Donnie Phillips, 64, of Concord, and Gordon Miller, 60, of Clayton, guilty today of multiple methamphetamine-trafficking counts, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge John J. Martin announced.

After a five-day trial, Phillips and Miller were found guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Phillips was also found guilty of eight counts of distribution and two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Miller was found guilty of two counts of distribution and two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to trial evidence, between June 2014 and February 2015, Phillips and Miller supplied methamphetamine to co-defendant Phyliss Mosher, 51, of Vallejo, who supplied it to an undercover agent. The drug deals took place in the counties of Solano, Contra Costa, Yolo, Shasta, and San Joaquin. On January 25, 2018, Mosher was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to the methamphetamine conspiracy on May 9, 2017.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, the Vallejo Police Department, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason Hitt and Jill Thomas are prosecuting the case.

Phillips and Miller are scheduled to be sentenced on May 15, 2018, by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez. Each defendant faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison, a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.


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