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Woman in Decatur motel K2 distribution operation sentenced to probation


DECATUR — A Decatur woman is now serving a 24-month probation term after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class 3 felony linked to the distribution of synthetic cannabis, also known as K2.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said Angela M. Baker, 48, was part of a major sales operation for the drug being run out of the Tri-Manor Motel, 3420 N. 22nd St., where she was a maintenance employee.

A second defendant, Antwanette R. Atkins, 51, who police said was the motel office manager, has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver and drug possession. Atkins' case is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Feb. 4.

Baker appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Friday with Assistant Public Defender Tiffany Senger. The police affidavit said Baker and Atkins were arrested July 27 during a raid on the motel executed by the police department’s Street Crimes Unit.

Detective Brian Hickey described how a search of Baker found 33 individual baggies containing more than 60 grams (2.1 ounces) of K2.

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“In a Mirandized interview of Baker, she said she had been living at the Tri-Manor Motel with her girlfriend, Antwanette R. Atkins,” Hickey said. “Baker stated that she, along with Atkins, have been selling K2 from the Tri-Manor for approximately six months.”

Hickey said Baker had told him that each baggie police had found on her would be sold for $10. She was also quoted as describing Atkins as obtaining the drug from a source in Springfield before the two women then repackaged it for sale. Baker said her reward for doing this was “free K2 to support her habit.”

The affidavit said detectives found 40 additional baggies of K2 in the room in which the women lived, and Baker was quoted as telling police they had been selling between 100 and 200 baggies of K2 daily.

In addition to probation, Baker was ordered to pay $720 in fines and fees and undergo a substance abuse evaluation and complete any recommended treatment.

A message left with the Tri-Manor Motel seeking comment about the case was not immediately returned Tuesday.

2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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