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Waterloo man to spend 30 years in federal prison

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A Waterloo man who was convicted in February on gun and drug charges was sentenced on Thursday to 30 years in federal prison.

Quintel Phillips, 27, was convicted on February 29 of distribution of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, possession of a firearm as a felon and as an unlawful drug user, and two counts related to witness tampering.

During his trial, evidence showed that Phillips sold high grade marijuana out of his girlfriend's home in Waterloo, which was within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.  A confidential informant testified that during one of the sales, Phillips was carrying a handgun.

Police said that during a search of the home, they found marijuana, plastic baggies, digital scales and a handgun with one serial number scratched off.  Police say they were able to use a second serial number, which was not scratched off, to determine that the gun was stolen. 

They also said that Phillips had a large amount of cash in his pocket, despite having no verifiable employment.

Prosecutors also said that while he was awaiting trial, Phillips used the jail's recorded phone system to call a third-party to pass along an intimidating message to the confidential informant and called another witness saying that people knew where he lived and people would kill him.

Phillips was sentenced to 30 years in prison and must eight years of supervised release after his prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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