A Channing man faces at least seven years in prison after he was caught with marijuana that police said is worth $121,500. On Wednesday, May 15, 52-year-old Mark Baker was arrested at a house in Channing after troopers from the Michigan State Police and agents from the Michigan Department of Corrections Parole Division went there in search of an individual wanted on a parole violation. A search warrant was obtained after a trooper noticed a marijuana smell. Inside the house, officers found a marijuana growing operation, with plants, growing and processing equipment.
Baker is charged with delivering and manufacturing five to forty-five kilograms of marijuana. His prison sentence could be doubled because he is a three-time offender.
Baker remains in the Dickinson County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He will be back in Dickinson County District Court for a preliminary hearing on May 31 at 9:15 a.m.