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3-month investigation nets alleged ‘meth’ dealer

Law enforcement officers from several agencies executed a search warrant on a home on Green Branch Loop in Hartfield on Feb. 3 where they found methamphetamine, reported Captain M.E. Sampson of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, who also is an agent with the Tri-Rivers Drug Task Force. 

The Federal DEA assisted in gaining entry to the residence of Paul Dewayne Baker due to the possibility of a methamphetamine laboratory being there, said Captain Sampson. No lab was found but agents did find more methamphetamine (commonly known as “crystal meth”).

The search was related to charges against Baker, 45, who earlier had been arrested on Feb. 3 in Gloucester.

Baker faces seven felony counts of distribution of methamphetamine in Gloucester and Mathews counties, and one count of possession of methamphetamine, which also is a felony, as a result of the search, said Captain Sampson.

Drug agents believe Baker may have moved to Middlesex from the White Stone area in January, said Captain Sampson, who added that the investigation continues.

Anyone with information on suspected drug or criminal activity should call the Sheriff’s Crime Line at (804) 758-5600.

posted 02.11.2009

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