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Month long investigation leads to drug bust for Howell couple

Howell– An investigation into possible heroin dealing by a Howell boyfriend and girlfriend spans a month by police following complaints from area residents and ends Thursday July 14th with two arrests.

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After executing a search warrant for 38 Woodside Drive in Howell investigators found the home in “deplorable conditions” with garbage all over the place and the residence not livable for most human beings and animals.

Police suspect that the home may have been the base of operations for drug sales which became noticeable to them by the amount of “overgrowth and wildlife living within it”, and it looked as though the backyard pool hadn’t been used in years.

Police also noticed the backyard gate was open which could of created a ‘dangerous situation’ for children or special-needs adults.

All together police found 103 bags of heroin stamped with the names “Wu-tang, Wall St., and Scorpion”, 23 bags of unlawfully possessed prescription pills which included oxycodone, alprazolam and buprenorphine, and also discovered crack pipes, marijuana and other paraphernalia along with a butterfly knife.

Both suspects, 50 year old Michael Phipps and 45 year old Nichol Summa face charges including distribution of CDS (heroin), possession of CDS (heroin, pills), possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of a weapon (butterfly knife).

The suspects were brought to the Monmouth County Correctional Institute in lieu of $127,500 bail with no 10 percent option set for each.

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