Claremore Daily Progress

Crime/Courts

July 19, 2013

Marijuana arrest leads to grow house

CLAREMORE —

Claremore Police officers arrested a Tulsa man early Wednesday morning in response to a burglary alarm activated inside the Buy n Bye business at   601 E.  Will Rogers Blvd.
Suspect was identified as 27-year-old Samuel Braden Baker of Tulsa. Police recovered numerous stolen items, which Samuel Baker had used during the burglary,  and approximately three pounds of marijuana from his vehicle. 
Information was obtained that also led to a  growing operation and an additional three pounds of marijuana.
Upon arrival at Buy n Bye, officers located Samuel Baker hiding behind a refrigeration unit, according to the probable cause affidavit issued by the district court. Officer Keith Heskett made the arrest.
Three rolls of dimes, keys to cabinets in the business, a pair of gloves and a hat were also found with Samuel Baker, who was hiding at the time. Affidavit information stated foot prints led to his vehicle where officers observed the keys to the vehicle still in the ignition. 
While processing the vehicle, officers found a large black plastic trash bag which contained more than three pounds of marijuana, said Police Chief Stan Brown.
He said Samuel Baker was going to use the marijuana and whatever he could steal from the store to pay off a drug debt.
Samuel Baker has previous convictions for feloniously pointing a firearm in Tulsa County as well as an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for failure to pay on Tulsa County.
Charges include two felony counts for second degree burglary, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and three misdemeanors for possession of burglary implements and drug paraphernalia as well as a warrant in Tulsa County.
“The three pounds of marijuana found is a huge success,” said Brown. “That’s a significant impact to the drugs availiable in Rogers County.”
Brown said Samuel Baker has been linked to at least one other local business burglary and to the fraudulent use of the business credit card obtained in that burglary.

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