Tuesday, July 03, 2001

Miami student sentenced for possessing cocaine

        HAMILTON — Justin Baker, a Miami University student whose attorney had once alleged a police “set-up,” was sentenced to a year in prison Monday for a drug possession charge to which he had pleaded guilty.

        Mr. Baker, 21, is a son of Janet Baker, superintendent of Hamilton city schools.

        Mr. Baker had faced the possibility of one to five years in prison, but received the minimum sentence because he had no police record, authorities said.

        Mr. Baker and a fellow student, Stephen Wolf, were caught with $50,000 worth of cocaine near the college in Oxford last fall, police said.

        Mr. Wolf, previously was placed on probation for his role.

        Lt. Mike Craft of the Butler County Sheriff's Office, said he felt the bust made a difference.

        “A half-kilo of cocaine is a tremendous amount of drugs to be taken off the streets of a college community,” he said.


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