Wooster man admits to trafficking heroin

A previously convicted Massillon drug dealer faces prison after he admitted to dealing again in Wooster.

Gregory Phillips Jr., 38, of 1427 Forest Ave. SE, pleaded guilty in Wayne County Common Pleas Court to two counts of trafficking in heroin and one of having weapons while under disability. The weapons charge is the most serious as a third-degree felony.

In exchange for his guilty plea, two other trafficking charges were dropped.

Sentencing was set for Sept. 10 in front of Judge Mark K. Wiest.

Phillips faces up to three years in prison.

The charges stem from drug buys made by the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency in November from Phillips and his codefendent, Robert Lantzer, who also has a history with drugs.

Lantzer has three pending drug cases against him ranging from illegal assembly of methamphetamine, cultivation of marijuana and trafficking charges with Phillips.

Phillips, who has a prior trafficking conviction in Wayne County in 2010, also was not allowed to own or carry a firearm. He was found with a .22-caliber revolver during one of the buys.

Phillips and Lantzer were arrested during Operation Southern Migration coordinated by Medway May 22.

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