Matthew Scott Baker of Fairfax, Va. Pleads Guilty To Leading Methylone or 'Bath Salts' Ring

2:17 PM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- A Fairfax, Va. man has pleaded guilty to leading a methylone or "bath salts" trafficking ring. The ring purchased methylone from China and distributed it in Northern Virginia.

Nineteen-year-old Matthew Scott Baker pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methylone and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense on Wednesday. He could face up to 20 years in prison for the drug charge and at least 5 years on the fire arm charge.

Baker is scheduled to be sentenced on January 25 of next year. 

Baker admitted in his plea agreement that he ordered multi-kilogram amounts of the drug from a Chinese source, who he then introduced to a co-conspirator. The methylone was shipped to Baker's post office box from the summer of 2011 to May 2012. then he would give them to his co-conspirators to sell to people in northern Virginia. 

Baker also sold methylone on several occasions to an undercover officer during the winter and spring of 2012 until he was arrested in May.

Baker told law enforcement agents that he had obtained approximately 20 shipments of methylone totaling approximately 10 to 15 kilograms over the course of the conspiracy. As part of his plea agreement, Baker agreed to forfeit a money judgment in the amount of $400,000, representing proceeds from the sale of methylone. Baker also admitted that he tried to buy a Glock pistol from the same undercover officer to whom he was selling methylone.

Seven other co-defendants have also pled guilty to conspiring to distribute methylone: Clougherty, Skander Bouchair, Kyle Griswold, Shelby Neal, Sajad Safdari, Patrick Un, and Ethan Walker.

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