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Man arrested during Elizabeth City SWAT raid

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Posted at 7:08 PM, Apr 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-19 18:51:40-04

A 29-year-old Elizabeth City man was arrested Thursday morning during a raid on his home.

The Elizabeth City Police Department says they received numerous complains about drug activity and the illegal sale of firearms coming from the residence at 600 Cedar Street.

Elizabeth City Narcotics agents, accompanied by the SWAT team entered the residence around 9:30 a.m. and found two adults and a small child inside the home.

During a search of the residence, officers found 24 guns, mostly loaded and in plain sight in one room of the two-story home.

One of the guns was confirmed as being stolen from an earlier breaking and entering in December of 2012. Two other guns had their serial numbers filed off.

Numerous items of drug paraphernalia were also found throughout the home.

One bedroom of the home contained 11 dogs, 2 wild squirrels, 2 snakes and a guinea pig. Officers say the entire floor of the room was covered in animal feces. A vermin and bug infestation were also noted.

The Department of Social Services was contacted and responded to the scene due to the deplorable condition of the residence. Animal Control officers took possession of the animals in the home, both wild and domestic.

Mark Andrew Baker Jr., 29, was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a stolen weapon, two counts of possession of a gun with an altered serial number, and one count of cruelty to animals.