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 futherance of a drug trafficking crime. Baker played his college career at Auburn and was signed by the Miami Dolphins for several years before entering the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts. Baker also had a short stint with the Minnesota Vikings.
Mr. Baker, 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 futherance of his drug trafficking crime.
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“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.”