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Man gets 27 years on drug trafficking charges

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Phillip Monroe (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office) Phillip Monroe (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office)

A 35-year-old Georgia man was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Wednesday on drug charges.

Jurors convicted Phillip Monroe, who was living in the Mitchellville area, of his fourth drug offense in the past six years, according to the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Monroe was found guilty of trafficking cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.

He was pulled over on April 10, 2012, by Ridgeland police on Logan Street. He threw a bag of an estimated 28 grams of cocaine, a large quantity of pills and a small amount of marijuana onto a passenger's lap and threatened to kill his family if that person did not claim ownership of the drugs.

The passenger later told police what happened and had no prior criminal record.

Monroe eventually admitted those were his drugs and that he had planned to cook the powder cocaine in order to turn it into crack-cocaine, according to the solicitor's office.

Monroe had convictions dating back to 1997 that included robbery, battery, cruelty to children, obstruction of justice, criminal damage to property and seven drug offenses.

Because of Monroe's past convictions, which occurred in the Savannah area, e faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years, according to the solicitor's office. 

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