A Paragould man arrested in connection with the sale of illegal drugs at a restaurant in Cordova, Tenn., appeared in court last week and his case was set for a preliminary hearing in October, Shelby County officials said.
Heath Baldwin, 35, was arrested on four counts of possession with intent to manufacture, deliver and sell steroids and one count of distributing steroids last month. The arrest was the result of an on-going investigation by the West Tennessee Drug Task Force into illegal activities taking place at the Fox and Hound English Pub and Grille, located at 819 Exocet Dr. in Cordova.
Baldwin was not an employee of the restaurant, but was linked to the investigation.
“At the October 15 hearing, the prosecution will have to show the judge probable cause to send the case to the grand jury for indictment,” Jennifer Donnals, communications director for the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office, said.
Baldwin was arraigned in Memphis District Court last month and was released on a $25,000 bond. Baldwin was originally scheduled to appear in court July 7, but his case was postponed until July 16 when the preliminary hearing was set, Donnals said.
The Cordova restaurant was allowed to reopen last month after meeting specific requirements from the district attorney general, including performing criminal background checks on all employees, making a payment of $1,2500 to the West Tennessee Drug Task Force for reimbursement of the cost of the investigation, sending all employees to a class addressing drug prevention and state drug laws and enforcing strict anti-drug policies among employees.