Former prosecuting attorney candidate charged in drug bust
BERRYVILLE -- Local attorney Cindy Baker was arrested Friday night, booked into jail on multiple drug-related charges after she allegedly sold meth to a confidential informant.
She is facing several felony counts, including delivery of a controlled substance (meth), conspiracy, delivery of a controlled substance near certain facilities, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearm.
The 36-year-old Berryville attorney made headlines several years ago when a courthouse was evacuated after she introduced what was believed to be a bomb during trial.
She was a 2006 candidate for prosecuting attorney versus Tony Rogers.
Her name surfaced in the news again when she was charged with contempt of court by both Green Forest and Berryville district judges, who claimed she had misrepresented her ability to appear in their courts.
This time, Baker landed in jail after authorities arrested her at her residence/office, located at 508 Eureka Ave. (U.S. Hwy. 62) in Berryville.
According to Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek, an arrest and search warrant were executed there based on information gathered during an ongoing investigation.
In a press release issued by Grudek, he said on Oct. 28, a confidential informant made a controlled buy of one gram of a substance believed to be meth from Baker for $200 at her home/office.
Later that day, the press release states, a "buy bust" was made on Mynor Jimmy Aleman-Gonalez, 24, of Green Forest, who was suspected of being a meth supplier. Seized from him, say authorities, was $1,000, which included the bills that were paid to Baker for meth earlier in the day.
On Friday, the press release states, the same confidential informant made a controlled buy of one-half gram of a substance believed to be meth for $50 from Baker, again at her home/office, with the informant giving Baker a $100 bill and receiving $50 in change.
Based on that information, Grudek said in the release, the warrants were issued, Baker was arrested, and confiscated from her "person" was the $100 bill used to purchase meth earlier in the day.
Confiscated from her home/office, Grudek said in the release, were additional substances believed to be meth, along with drug paraphernalia and weapons.
He said additional charges are being considered.
As of mid-day Monday, Baker remained in jail awaiting a bond hearing.