CORDOVA, TN (WMC-TV) - An Arkansas man was booked early Friday morning for selling drugs at a popular Cordova bar.
Heath Baldwin, 35, didn't work at the Fox and Hound in Cordova, but according arrest records, he's part of what led to Thursday's raid and shut down of the establishment.
"The undercover officers came to this location as patrons, and in that capacity observed drug sales as well as agreements to sell drugs in the future," District Attorney Bill Gibbons said.
Baldwin was charged with possession with intent to manufacture/deliver/sell steroids, one of many illegal substances sold to undercover agents inside and outside the establishment.
"It was made very clear to them that it was easy to get drugs here, that a lot of the employees and a lot of the customers were here using drugs," said Dave Lytal of the West Tennessee Drug Task Force.
Court documents show Baldwin lists a Paragould, Arkansas residence as his home address. He has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2005. Among his many criminal charges are harassment, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.
Baldwin's is the first of what could be several additional arrests after an undercover drug sting began at the Fox and Hound late last year.
"Staff members were involved in the illegal drug transactions going on here," Gibbons said.
The nuisance petition names two cooks and a bouncer as suppliers and described how undercover agents were able to purchase large prescription drugs, steroids cocaine and marijuana on numerous occasions.
Baldwin is due in court Monday morning. As for the Fox and Hound, Gibbons said he hopes to work with national management to see if they can turn the establishment around, and hopefully reopen it. But that is not guaranteed.