Channing marijuana case moves forward


Staff Writer

CHANNING – A Channing man arrested after marijuana was discovered at his residence was bound over to Dickinson County Circuit Court.

Street value of the marijuana was more than $121,500, police said.

Mark Alan Baker, 52, is charged with delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance five to 45 kilograms of marijuana, habitual offender, third offense notice. He is set for arraignment before Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Mary B. Barglind on July 22 at 1 p.m.

On May 15, troopers assisted parole agents in arresting Baker at his residence on a parole violation.

The felony complaints states that while clearing the residence, troopers observed a green, leafy substance suspected to be marijuana in one of the bedroom closets.

Troopers sought and obtained a search warrant for the residence and discovered a marijuana grow operation in the basement of the residence, along with two buckets of loose plant materials.

Court records said altogether troopers seized 109 plants and 1,652 grams of suspected marijuana, along with grow lights, transformers and a digital scale.

Various samples were collected and sent to the lab for testing and identification. A number of field tests were conducted with positive results.

Police reported the marijuana that was seized were both growing plants and processed material totaling in excess of $121,500 street value.

Baker was twice previously convicted on Jan. 8, 2010 of manufacture/delivery THC in Marinette, Wis. court, and on Aug. 5, 2009 of delivery/manufacture of marijuana in Dickinson County Circuit Court.

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