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By Olivia Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Narcotics dealer arrested and sentenced

Man to spend eight years in prison after federal indictment


COLFAX — An Airway Heights man, Joseph Baker, 28, was arrested by the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office during a traffic stop in November of 2021 and was sentenced on Monday, June 5, to spend eight years in prison.

Baker was arrested with a large number of narcotics during a fall 2021 traffic stop in Colfax and was found with a stolen loaded handgun, over 800 dollars in cash, over 100 fentanyl pills, two ounces of methamphetamine, two ounces of heroin, and digital scales.

He was initially charged at the state level in Whitman County Superior Court. The U.S. Department of Justice moved t...

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