WEXFORD COUNTY – In December 2021, a trooper from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Cadillac Post was called to a residence in Cadillac. The parents of a minor discovered their daughter had been using vape products. The parents also saw conversations on her cellphone that made them concerned about her activities. The parents took her cellphone and did not allow the daughter access to the internet.
The cellphone was seized by the trooper and turned over to the MSP Computer Crimes Unit. Several search warrants were executed. The data recovered revealed the daughter had been obtaining vaping and THC products from a man identified as 23-year-old Thomas Curtis Baker from Cadillac. They were using Snapchat to facilitate the purchase of nicotine and THC products.
They had numerous conversations discussing the delivery of narcotics and other nicotine vaping products. The conversations included quantities and prices. Troopers were also able to obtain home surveillance footage of a vehicle that matched Baker’s, dropping off the products and leaving them in the mailbox at the girl’s home. The daughter was interviewed at the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center.
Baker was interviewed and denied the allegations. A report was submitted to the Wexford County Prosecutor’s Office. An arrest warrant was authorized on December 6, 2022. Baker was arrested on December 15, 2022, and lodged in the Wexford County Jail.
Baker was arraigned on Friday, December 16th in the 84th District Court in Wexford County on one count Deliver Controlled Substance (Schedule Four Marijuana) to a Minor, one count Furnishing Tobacco to Minor, one count Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and one count Using a Computer to Commit a Crime. He was given a PR bond. His next scheduled court appearance is on January 3, 2023 at 2:00.