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Norwalk man faces federal drug trial

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:02 PM

TOLEDO A Norwalk man is going to trial in a federal case in connection with selling marijuana and cocaine for more than four years.

Michael D. Baker, 43, of 4645 Leland Road, faces life in prison on one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine. He was one of 16 suspects arrested at the conclusion of an Drug Enforcement Administration investigation that lasted from April 2001 through October 2005.

"Michael Baker was the main target," said Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin, who testified Thursday. "Eventually things fell into place and they indicted him."

Baker is accused of selling a "substantial" amount of drugs, McLaughlin said. The drug investigator estimated the street value was "hundreds of thousands of dollars."

The defendant reportedly had people deliver drugs and money to his Leland Road home. "So there was a lot of activity there," McLaughlin added.

All of Baker's co-defendants have pleaded guilty, and some of them already have been sentenced. One of the co-conspirators was David Scott, whose age was unavailable, of 829 Woodbine St., Willard.

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