Arrest warrant issued for Holton man after police find working meth lab

Wanda English Burnett

The Ripley County Circuit Court issued an arrest warrant yesterday, January 11 for William “Woody” Baker, 33, of Holton, for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

Baker remains at large following a raid of his home at 753 N. County Road W in Holton on December 30. On a Jennings County warrant, police searched the residence of Baker and found more than they bargained for.

“There was a working meth lab,” Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills told the Osgood Journal. Police also seized numerous stolen firearms and stolen car parts from the residence.

According to information from the Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office, the investigation began with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department obtaining information that stolen property was located at the Baker residence. The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team along with the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Holton residence.

Police seized numerous stolen firearms and high performance auto parts. An investigation began last September concerning the stolen auto parts that led police to the Baker residence. The stolen items had been taken from a Geneva Township home in Jennings County.

Officers from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office allege that Baker is a major meth supplier to their area. They have been conducting an intense investigation with information that the stolen car parts were traded for meth.

While serving the initial warrant out of Jennings County, officers noted what appeared to be signs of methamphetamine production in the form of a lab located at the residence. A second search warrant was issued for the Baker residence concerning the meth production.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab team was called in to process the scene, clean-up and for safety assessment. Neighbors noticed police activity throughout the night on December 30 and into the morning of December 31.

Paperwork was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office last Friday, January 8 and an active warrant was issued for the arrest of Baker on Monday, January 11 where he is charged with several felonies concerning the incident at his home.

Baker was not at home at the time of the raid and remains at large. If anyone knows of his whereabouts they are asked to call the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office at 689-5555 or 1-800-742-9766. They can also call the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office at 346-8642 or the tip line at 346-0342.

Arrested at the home of Baker on December 30 was Destiny Reeder, 18, who was taken into custody on a failure to appear warrant out of Jennings County.

William "Woody" Baker