What was a routine traffic stop for a driver operating vehicle while driver’s license revoked turned into the arrest of Michael Keith Baker, 38, of Mexico for drug trafficking.

At approximately 3:27 p.m., Monday, January 22, an Audrain County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped Baker for a  traffic stop near the intersection of Abat and West Love streets in Mexico.

During the course of the traffic stop investigation, Baker was found to be in possession of more than 70 grams of Methamphetamine, more than $3,000 in United States Currency, and multiple items of paraphernalia used in the distribution of controlled substances.

Baker was arrested and transported to the Audrain County Jail where he was booked for Drug Trafficking in the second-degree, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Felony driving while license revoked. Baker posted a $21,000 bond and was released pending court appearance. The investigation is ongoing and further charges could be forthcoming.

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies and community partners to curb drug abuse throughout the county

All suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.