A former NFL player has pleaded guilty to drug and firearm charges in Georgia.
Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Robert Cedrick Baker, III, age 37, of Gainesville, Florida entered the plea today to possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Baker entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Valdosta.
Baker, a former player in the National Football League, was stopped by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office January 20, 2013 on Georgia Highway 401 for a traffic violation. Authorities say Baker consented to a search of his car. The search revealed that Baker was in possession of 59.5 grams of heroin and a Smith & Wesson, 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
As part of his guilty plea, 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."
If convicted, Baker could face 20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000 on the possession with intent to distribute heroin charge. Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years, up to a maximum term of life in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, or both, followed by a term of supervised release of 5 years.
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