CHARLOTTE, NC. - A federal grand jury sitting in Charlotte, indicted Elisa Annette Baker, 43, of Hickory, NC, on May 18, 2011 on drug trafficking charges, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Joining U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement are Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which oversees the Charlotte District Office, Alex Peter, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI), and Chief Tom Adkins of the Hickory Police Department.
The indictment alleges that from 2006 to October 2010 Baker conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute the controlled substances oxycodone, hydrocodone and alprazolam. The indictment also alleges that Baker distributed and possessed with intent to distribute those same controlled substances during the same period time. According to the indictment, Baker also maintained residences in Granite Falls, Hudson and Hickory, NC for the purpose of distributing oxycodone, hydrocodone and alprazolam.
Baker is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000; three counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000; and three counts maintaining a place for the purposes of distributing a controlled substances, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The charges contained in this indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Baker is currently detained in the Catawba County Detention Center. Her initial appearance in U.S. District Court has not yet been scheduled.
The investigation is being handled by the DEA, NC SBI and the Hickory Policy Department. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Dana O. Washington and Cortney S. Escaravage.DEA Atlanta’s Field Division’s SAC Rodney G. Benson 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.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.