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Mt. Sterling Pharmacist Charged With Illegally Selling Narcotics

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

He's been a fixture in the Mt. Sterling community for years, but now, a well-known pharmacy is shut down after an undercover investigation of a pharmacist that's lasted months.

Mt. Sterling police say they've spent the last year investigating 67-year-old Emil Baker, a local pharmacist now facing a number of charges.

"You just don't expect this you know, to go to your drug store and somebody tells you your pharmacists been arrested. It's really strange," says Barbara Dennis, an Owingsville resident.

"Really shocked! Had no idea," says Mt. Sterling Resident, Kristy Rudd.

"He's been here for a long time. I know a lot of people that get their prescriptions there," says Mt. Sterling resident, Mike Weiner.

Police arrested Emil Baker on Friday at his pharmacy for trafficking three types of narcotic drugs and now faces nine charges in the courthouse just across the street from where he worked.

Baker's wife, who refused to speak with us on camera, says he's been set up, but some people say they aren't surprised.

"I didn't know what went on over there but it didn't look really that good. A lot of young people in and out that you wouldn't think would be in and out needing prescriptions," says Bobby Stinnett, who works across the street from Baker at Sound Skin Ink.

Meanwhile, for those that do need prescriptions, like Barbara Dennis, who travels to Mt. Sterling to get hers, Baker's pharmacy is closed.

"It's gonna be inconvenient for me because we live out in Owingsville. I'm sure a lot of people are shocked," says Barbara Dennis.

Emil Baker posted a $10,000 dollar cash bond on Saturday. He will appear back in circuit court on June 26th.

Baker faces nine felony charges of trafficking in a controlled substance. If found guilty on all of those charges he could face up to 13 to 50 years behind bars.


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