Officers with the Bell County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested a Harrogate man on drug charges.
According to a news release from the BCSO, while on patrol in the Laurel Hill area around 3:15 p.m. March 9, Deputy Chris Barnes observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner traveling in an area a short distance from a residence allegedly known for drug trafficking complaints.
Barnes conducted a traffic stop on the 2006 Pontiac driven by Korey Baker, 21, of Harrogate.
During the stop and subsequent questioning, Barnes, assisted by Sgt. Jared Smith and Deputy Nick Capps, discovered that Baker did not have insurance nor proper registration on the Pontiac. He was cited and charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain proper insurance, and failure to register motor vehicle.
With prior knowledge of a wanted individual that may be at Baker’s residence on Highway 987, Barnes then asked for consent to search the home, which was given, according to the release.
Capps went to the residence to initiate the search along with Sheriff Mitch Williams, Chief Deputy Gary Lambdin, Sgt. Jared Smith, Deputy Doug Jordan and Barnes. During the search for the wanted individual, the release states that the men discovered a large amount of heroin in a plastic baggy, methamphetamine in another baggy, marijuana, needles, drug paraphernalia and several guns including three rifles, a shotgun and two handguns.
The wanted individual had left the residence, according to the BCSO.
Baker was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center additionally charged with importing heroin; first-degree trafficking in controlled substance, first offense (less than 2 grams of methamphetamine); first-degree trafficking in controlled substance, first offense (greater than 2 grams of heroin); trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 oz.); buying/possession – drug paraphernalia.
The release states that Baker was released on a $5,000 cash bond Saturday night.