Man is ordered to forfeit nearly $2 million in drug case

January 12, 1995|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

A Pasadena man indicted yesterday in federal court on charges of distributing cocaine and marijuana has been ordered to forfeit nearly $2 million in cash and other property, authorities said.

The arrest of Anthony Allen Phillips, 35, ends a two-year investigation by the FBI and Anne Arundel County police. Mr. Phillips was arraigned yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

He was in the custody of U.S. marshals, said Detective Rex Snider of the county police department's narcotics unit. The one-count indictment charges Mr. Phillips with distributing cocaine in Maryland, New York and other places from 1984 until January of this year.

Detective Snider said he began the investigation after learning that the defendant might have been associated with a drug ring police put out of business in 1984. "He wasn't convicted of being a part of that ring, so I can't legally say he was a part of it," Detective Snider said.

Yesterday's indictment orders Mr. Phillips to forfeit $1.8 million "in U.S. currency and other properties." The other properties include a house in the 7900 block of E. Riverside Drive in Pasadena. Mr. Phillips does not live in the house.

Detective Snider would not say where Mr. Phillips lives in Pasadena. The indictment said title to the East Riverside Drive house is in the name of Dorothy A. Creel and was recorded Feb. 5, 1992.

U.S. attorneys and county police believe the money and the house were obtained as a result of the alleged drug activity, which allows them to be seized.

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