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Toledo area attorney pleads no contest to amended charge stemming from heroin arrest

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A Toledo lawyer pleaded no contest to an amended charge after police said they found heroin in his wallet, according to police reports. 

Kenneth W. Phillips, 60, of the 3000 block of Hopewell Place in West Toledo, pleaded no contest to an amended charge of attempt to commit an offense, a first-degree misdemeanor, based on recommendation by the prosecutor.

Mr. Phillips was originally charged with possessing less than one gram of heroin on May 14 while in the 1900 block of North Summit Street. 

A message was left with the prosecutor and Mr. Phillips’ attorney. 

Mr. Phillips was released from jail on his own recognizance May 15 on the condition he was released to a Drug Abuse Response Team officer for detox. He later entered inpatient treatment, according to court records. 

Toledo Municipal Court Judge Joseph Howe referred the case to the probation department to see if Mr. Phillips could be admitted into an alternative program without further court action, even though it was a drug offense, records show. 

Mr. Phillips was also cited for failure to register expired tags and a display of license plate violation in May. 

Mr. Phillips’ passenger, Timothy McLaughlin, 50, of Oregon, was also charged with possessing controlled substances, specifically powder and crack cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.

On Aug. 21, Mr. McLaughlin pleaded no contest to two amended charges of attempt to commit an offense, both first-degree misdemeanors.

His 180-day sentence was suspended, and he was placed on one year probation by Judge Howe. 

At about 5 p.m. May 14, police passed Mr. Phillips’ vehicle with an expired plate that was also not registered to the listed vehicle, according to the police report. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 1900 block of North Summit Street.

Mr. Phillips consented to a search. Police found suspected crack cocaine between the front passenger seat and the center console, the report states.

Additionally, suspected heroin was located inside inside Mr. Phillips’ wallet, according to the report.

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