A month-long undercover investigation ended Wednesday with the arrest of a 37-year-old Ardmore man on narcotics charges and the seizure of his car, cash and an illegal weapon.


A month-long undercover investigation ended Wednesday with the arrest of a 37-year-old Ardmore man on narcotics charges and the seizure of his car, cash and an illegal weapon.

 

Sgt. Keith Ingle, Ardmore Police Department Narcotics Division, said Thomas Baker was arrested without incident as he left his Masters Street residence. Baker was taken into custody just moments before APD narcotics officers, APD investigators and Carter County Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers served a search warrant. The search yielded 6-grams of methamphetamine, uncovered inside the residence and inside his car, items used to distribute the drug and drug paraphernalia, as well as the $2,500 and a handgun.

 

“Mr. Baker is a convicted felon and it is illegal for him to own or possess a gun,” Ingle said.

 

Ingle, who estimated Baker had been using methamphetamine and selling it to others for months, said the month-long undercover investigation provided the evidence needed to obtain the search warrant, officers served Wednesday. Baker, who has a criminal history including a narcotics conviction, was booked into the Carter County Detention Center.

 

Thursday District Attorney Craig Ladd said his office filed formal felony charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm after former conviction and a motion seeking the revocation of a 2010 deferred sentence he received on a Carter County District Court drug possession charge. Ladd said he also signed forfeiture documents seeking Baker’s cash, gun and vehicle.

 

Baker made an initial appearance is district court Thursday afternoon. Bonds totalling $40,000 were set. A spokesperson for the detention center confirmed late Thursday Baker remained detained pending the posting of bonds and/or the outcome of the case against him.