Tiffin man appears in court on drug-related charges

A Tiffin man served a 12-count indictment that included drug trafficking charges involving four drugs appeared before Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley Monday afternoon.

Kyle M. Baker, 25, pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, one first-degree felony, two second-degree felonies, three third-degree felonies and four fourth-degree felonies; one count of having a weapon while under disability, a third-degree felony; and one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

The grand jury had specified two instances of alleged drug trafficking occurred in the vicinity of a child and that $3,704, five pieces of jewelry, two cell phones, two pistols, two boxes of ammunition, a pistol cleaning kit, a box of bullets, a USB drive, a safe and a detector are subject to forfeiture, court records state.

Kelbley set Baker’s bond at $500,000, with a 10-percent posting allowed.

The charges stemmed from incidents Feb. 12 and 13, March 5, 10 and 14, and April 1 and 4 and involved methamphetamine; Psilocyn, a hallucinogen; LSD or a stimulant; and Oxycodone, according to his indictment.

During Monday’s hearing, John Kahler, Baker’s attorney, said Baker is from Tiffin and helps to take care of his girlfriend’s children. Baker has been engaging in drug and alcohol counseling and has been participating in a re-entry program while in the jail, Kahler said.

“He does have family ties. … He does have a place to stay,” he said.