Business owner charged with making meth in attic out on bond

Business owner charged with making meth in attic out on bond
Jenny Baker (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)
Jenny Baker (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Bond was set Friday morning for the owner of three Midlands area businesses raided on Thursday as part of a drug investigation targeting meth manufacturing and synthetic marijuana sales.

The bond for Jenny Baker, 42, was set at $41,092.50 during her hearing, she bonded out sometime Friday.

Agents with the DEA served warrants at two Time Warp locations in Lexington and Irmo, and Rave-N in Columbia. All three businesses, which are owned by Baker, along with Baker's home, were part of the raid.

Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty said drug agents in cooperation with the DEA obtained search warrants against Baker after a year-long undercover operation found the businesses were selling synthetic marijuana.

Drug investigators say they found a laboratory and vessels used to manufacture meth, in the attic of one of the Time Warp locations. We witnessed Lexington County narcotics officers remove bottles filled with liquid and hoses, as well as other strange chemicals while wearing gas masks and contamination suits. We visited this location two weeks ago and was told the shop was expanding into the home next door.

Meanwhile, boxes labeled 'incense' and 'Pakistan' were found at Bush River Road Time Warp store.

Sources say Time Warp began selling herbal potpourri at a discounted price on Wednesday. A big shipment of new product was slated to arrive Thursday, sources say.

As for Baker, 42, she was arrested and charged with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it, manufacturing methamphetamine, and unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine.

Two months ago, our investigative team went undercover into those stores and found out firsthand that they were apparently willing to sell the illegal drug known as Spice.

Lexington County narcotics officers previously arrested Baker's husband, Jerome Gale Baker, II, May 28, 2013 and charged him with distributing marijuana following an undercover investigation.

Baker was eventually sentenced to 10 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to trafficking marijuana.

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