Now convicted, drug peddler revealed self to informant

Friday, July 15, 2011

A young Lewisburg man caught the attention of law enforcement when he offered to sell drugs to a confidential informant.

After that, Zachary Q. Baker, 22, of Fairlane Drive, was targeted by agents of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. A confidential informant was able to buy both Ecstasy and marijuana from him in Lewisburg one year ago in a drug-free school zone.

Baker was indicted on four counts relating to sale of illegal drugs. He was found guilty as charged at the end of a one-day jury trial in June. Baker was represented by Columbia-based attorney John S. Colley III.

Baker will be sentenced on Aug. 17.

At the end of the trial, after the guilty verdict, Baker's bond was revoked. Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler had no choice: the law requires revocation of bond after a conviction for sale of a Schedule I drug in a drug-free school zone.