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July 19, 2013

Marijuana arrest leads to grow house



After Samuel Baker’s arrest, CPD investigators obtained information leading to a “sophisticated” hydroponic marijuana growing house located less than 2,000 feet east from Justus Tiawah School’s South Campus.
Tulsa man William Baker, uncle of previous arrestee Sam Braden Baker, was found in the building and taken into custody. 
Included in the room was more than three pounds of marijuana packed in a 10 gallon trash can, growing trays, a conitinuous water supply and atmospheric controls, said Investigations Sgt. Wayne Stinnett. 
“The way he had the grow trays set up included a huge tub that fed water into three different sets of tube trays. Each of those trays had the ablity to hold eight plants, he could have had close to 50 plants stored at one time,” said Stinnett. “He was growing some quality marijuana.”
Numerous stems, stalks and paraphernalia were also found. Equipment used was valued at nearly $5,000.
“Every 60 days, (Baker) was growing off. If he grows off a minimum of three pounds, that’s a significant impact in this area,” said Brown. 
During the interview,  William Baker admitted to growing the marijuana. but did not admit to selling the marijuana. 
“We’re at a dead end right now. Unless the arrestee tells us who he’s selling to, we’re at a stand still,” said Brown.
Wililam Baker was charged with two felony counts for cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He also received two misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Officers leading to the initial arrest of Samuel Baker were Lt. Matt Wild, Sgt. Jamie Starling, Officer Doug Woodward and Officer Jordon Keesler. Follow-up investigatiors who offered search warrant service leading to the arrest of William Baker were Investigator Sgt. Wayne Stinnett and Investigator Keith Heskett.
“Success in this event was based in part on a cooperative and collaborative labor effort with several members of the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office,” said Brown.

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