Man faces drug possession charges after Cambridge raid

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A townsman is facing multiple drug trafficking charges after Cambridge police officers executed a search warrant at a Steubenville Avenue residence identified as his mother’s home.

Drew S. “Termite” Baldwin, 28, faces single counts of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony, and possession of cocaine, a second-degree felony, filed by investigators on March 17.

Bail for Baldwin was set at $100,000 with no 10% allowed the same day charges were filed in Cambridge City Court. A personal recognizance with specific terms was also ordered by Judge John Mark Nicholson.

Baldwin was placed under supervision by the court’s pretrial/bail program.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Baldwin was taken into custody in the 1100 block of Steubenville Avenue just after 3:15 p.m. on March 15 when officers executed the search warrant.

According to a Cambridge Police report, the warrant was obtained based on information obtained from a man who apparently overdosed at a downtown business after allegedly buying the illegal narcotics from Baldwin.

Cambridge Police Department

The events leading up to the arrest reportedly began at 12:05 p.m. on March 15 when a caller asked an officer to check on an unidentified man who was stumbling inside a gas station store on Wheeling Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers saw several people tending to the man lying on the ground. A witness said the man appeared to be fine when he entered the business, but soon began to stumble around the store after returning from the toilet.

Police reported that the 50-year-old’s breathing was labored. He would also have been unconscious.

A folded dollar bill containing a white powdery substance was found in the man’s trouser pocket and police administered 4 milligrams of Narcan.

Officers administered an additional 2 grams of Narcan after some time and another dose was administered when medical personnel from United Ambulance and Cambridge Fire Department arrived to assist the victim.

The unidentified man was then transported to the southeastern Mediterranean, where he was later questioned by police.

Officers said the victim told them he paid $130 for a gram of what he believed to be heroin. He later told police he suspected it might have been mixed with fentanyl, which may have caused the overdose inside the store.

Information obtained from the victim led detectives to obtain the search warrant after speaking with the investigator.

An undisclosed amount of suspected cocaine and fentanyl was seized during the raid. Investigators remained at the scene until shortly before 5 p.m.

An unidentified 49-year-old woman was also taken into police custody. She was later released without charges being filed.

No injuries were reported by officers or occupants inside the residence.

This article originally appeared on The Daily Jeffersonian: Man faces drug possession charges after Cambridge raid

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