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Former NFL Player Sentenced for Drug and Gun Charge

JAN 13 (COLUMBUS, Ga.) - Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Robert Cedrick Baker III, age 37, of Gainesville, Florida, was sentenced to serve 75 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Hugh Lawson, United States District Court Judge, in Valdosta, Georgia.

Mr. Baker, a former player in the National Football League, pled guilty to the charges on October 1, 2013.  In his plea agreement, he admitted that he was stopped by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office in the evening of January 20, 2013 on Georgia Highway 401 for a traffic violation.  A consensual search of his car revealed that Mr. Baker was in possession of 59.5 grams of heroin and a Smith & Wesson, 9mm semi-automatic pistol.  As part of his plea of guilty, Mr. Baker admitted that he possessed the heroin for distribution, and he was carrying the 9mm semi-automatic pistol in furtherance of his drug trafficking crime. 

"Mr. Baker made a terrible mistake when he chose to traffic illegal drugs, and particularly when he brought a gun along to help him do so," said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.  "He will have a long time to reflect on that mistake in federal prison."

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Peter Leary is handling the prosecution for the Government. 

The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA's interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.


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