Suspects Face Charges In Heroin Case

CELINA — Formal charges have been filed against a Celina couple in connection with search warrants that were served on a Celina residence on Wednesday.  

James R. Baker, 30, was charged with possession of heroin, a third-degree felony.  Baker was taken into custody as he was returning to his home at Lot 19, 537 Touvelle Street, Wednesday afternoon.  A canine check of the vehicle he was driving led to the confiscation of heroin with an estimated street value of $1,400.  

Kristin D. Heath, 23, who lives with Baker, is facing charges in connection with the sale of heroin during a controlled drug buy that had previously taken place.  She was charged with trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

While the short-term Celina Police Department investigation fell together this week, intelligence information gathered and maintained by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force was key to allowing officers to address their leads quickly. The combination of rapidly developing information through the Celina Police Department and long-term intelligence information from the Grand Lake Drug Task Force supported the investigation and search warrants that led to quick arrests.  

The heroin seized on Wednesday is estimated to total just under 8 grams.  This is a significant amount of drugs to remove at the street distribution level in the Celina and Mercer County area.