Love it or hate it, despite its controversial reputation, Homeland Security does know how to do its job and is often unable to prevent terrible crimes from occurring.
Homeland Security agents in New Orleans were listening to the phone calls of an alleged drug dealer from Los Angeles last year. During one of the conversations, the investigators heard something that caught their attention.
First of all, it is necessary to state that the suspect was allegedly dealing methamphetamine and this was the main subject of the investigation. However, during the above-mentioned conversation, he told the person on the phone that he was actually asked to make a “hit”, meaning that he was supposed to kill a person for money.
Needless to say, this triggered a reaction from the investigators, so they began digging deeper and their search led them through New Orleans towards Los Angeles and San Diego. The investigation was a very through one and the Homeland Security agents even went as far as to stage a bloody murder scene with the help of the potential victim.
As a result, in April, David Philips – a CEO of one of the large medical marketing companies – was arrested. He was charged with plotting the death of one of his former business associates.
As it turns out, Philips, who is 36 years old and living in Culver City, got in touch with the drug dealer and told him he would forgive his debt on one condition. As it was a pretty serious debt – $30, 000 – the drug dealer was more than willing to listen. Philips wanted him to murder his former business associate. The name of the drug dealer, who is not cooperating with the investigators, as well as the name of the possible victim are still being withheld for the purpose of the criminal investigation.
Philips was arrested on Sepulveda Boulevard on April 25th. It was then that the drug dealer met Philips and showed him staged photos of the victim. The victim on those staged photos was covered in blood and seriously battered. The drug dealer came straight to the Philips’ office – he was running the NKP Medical Marketing firm. Since that day, Philips was taken to New Orleans and is now waiting for the trial. Philips, on the other hand, decided to plead not guilty.
Initially, the entire investigation was centered on the meth dealer. However, once the investigators from New Orleans heard about a potential hit, they were forced to intervene. Subsequently, an undercover agent got in touch with the alleged meth dealer, posing as a dealer himself. He then offered to connect him to a contract killer. In return, the meth dealer was supposed to sell his meth for a discounted price. Consequently, the two met again April. This time, the meth dealer did not come empty-handed. He had photos of the potential victim, his home address, as well as his phone number, and he presented all of that information to the undercover investigator. The meth dealer was then arrested only a few days later with enough evidence to implicate him. He agreed to cooperate and told the investigators about Philips. He said that he took $30,000 from Philips so as to start a kind of marijuana venture. Unfortunately for him, he failed and could not return the money. Nevertheless, Philips was willing to forgive that debt if the meth dealer would kill a person for him. The would-be victim was actually one of Philips’ previous partners and they ran their business together up until 2014-15. This is when they began to clash and could not settle their differences.
The potential victim was claiming that Philips himself was pretty harsh and often threatened to ‘take care’ of people that he did not like. He also remarked about having friends with automatic weapons. One way or the other, the two had no interaction since September 2016. This is also when the meth dealer was caught for mentioning a hit in one of his phone conversations.
Philips was arrested in his office when the meth dealer arranged a meeting with him and handed him a staged photo. The would-be victim in the photo was covered in bruises and had a gunshot wound to his forehead. There was blood all over the wall behind him. When Philips took the picture, his hands were shaking and he was generally nervous.
There were also several other defendants that were arrested for being involved in the meth distribution plot as well as the possible hit that was supposed to be arranged by the meth dealer.
On the other hand, Philips’ lawyer claims that his client is not guilty and did nothing wrong. He is claiming that the would-be victim is just a former coworker of the client and that he was not all that important to Philips to begin with. Furthermore, the employees at the Philips’ office refused to allow the journalists to enter the premises and claimed that Philips was framed and that the government plotted against him. However, they did not want to share any additional details on the matter.
The investigation is currently checking all the details and we are going to have more answers soon enough. For now, it appears that Philips hired a meth dealer, who owed him money to kill his former business partner, since they had their differences in the past. All the evidence is pointing out that Philips is guilty, but we are going to let the court decide what really occurred. Hence, if you wish more details, go ahead and wait a bit for a new article for more information on the case.
Dmitry Gorin, ESQ
Law Offices of Dmitry Gorin