VCSO: Oak Hill woman arrested on meth charges

K Baker of Oak Hill arrested on meth lab charges / Headline Surfer®

Photo for Headline Surfer® / Kandas Baker remains incarcerated at the Volusia Country Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on meth lab-related drug charges.

OAK HILL -- A 43-year-old Oak Hill woman is facing drug charges after a tip to narcotics agents led to the discovery of a meth lab in her home, an official with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Agents with the East Volusia Narcotics Task Force responded Monday to Kandas Baker’s home on Bills Hill Road to investigate a complaint about drug activity.

They asked Baker if there were drugs or anything else illegal inside the home. Baker said there wasn’t and agreed to let agents come in and look around, Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.

"When they got to Baker’s bedroom, they found all the makings of a meth cooking operation, including digital scales, lithium batteries, battery cutters, Sudafed, coffee filters, Coleman fuel, lithium strips, drain opener, rubber tubing and plastic bags containing approximately 4 grams of meth," Davidson said in a press release.

"When they got to Baker’s bedroom, they found all the makings of a meth cooking operation, including digital scales, lithium batteries, battery cutters, Sudafed, coffee filters, Coleman fuel, lithium strips, drain opener, rubber tubing and plastic bags containing approximately 4 grams of meth," Davidson said in a press release.

Baker was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of listed chemicals and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to jail and booked in on bonds totaling $95,500.

Baker had been previously arrested in January and again in September by Edgewater cops on a variety of alleged drug charges, including possession of meth, cocaine, morphine and prescription pills.

The East Volusia Narcotics Task Force is a multi-agency force of narcotics agents from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach police departments, all of whom share resources and cross jurisdictional boundaries to combat street-level drug and vice crimes.

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