Iowa City man sentenced for dealing cocaine

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 25, 2011 7:20 AM

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An Iowa City man was sentenced to 108 months Wednesday for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Phillip Lewis, 38, was convicted of Wednesday of one count of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and one count of distribution of crack cocaine, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The release said police identified Lewis as a distributor during an undercover investigation of a drug-trafficking group that transported crack from Chicago and sold it in the Iowa City area.

The release said an undercover officer made several purchases of crack cocaine from Lewis during October 2010, totaling more than 140 grams of cocaine.

Officials from the Johnson County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Iowa City police contributed in the investigation, the release said.

— by Hayley Bruce

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