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Tiffin man convicted of 10 drug trafficking charges

A Tiffin man served a 12-count indictment that included drug trafficking charges involving four drugs was found guilty by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley on Thursday.

Kyle M. Baker, 26, pleaded no contest and was convicted of 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.

There is no agreed sentence recommendation, and the sides are to argue for the appropriate punishment during a sentencing hearing in March. The case is being referred for a pre-sentence report.

Baker could be sentenced to nearly 45 years in prison.

He agreed to forfeit $3,704, several 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.

The charges stemmed from incidents Feb. 12 and 13, 2019, 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.

The grand jury had specified two instances of drug trafficking occurred in the vicinity of a child.

Baker and Ashly R. Anderson, 27, of Fostoria, had been arrested when arrest and search warrants were served at Willow Creek Apartments in May.

Detective Chuck Boyer, unit coordinator of Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit, had said it had been an ongoing investigation for several months and was linked to an investigation into a methamphetamine ring based in Akron and Bellevue.

Anderson was charged with permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

She pleaded guilty to the charge and was ordered to enter a three-year period of rehabilitation, according to court records.

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