A Carrollton police officer charged in late March with possession of a controlled substance was arraigned Wednesday, Apr. 11. Robert Bakert, 34, was arrested after Marshall police uncovered a synthetic stimulant, a baggie with white residue, and other items in Bakert’s vehicle, according to the probable cause statement. A Highway Patrol evidence bag containing three spoons, which later tested positive for cocaine, were also found in the vehicle. His prior criminal record includes stealing and receiving stolen property, according to the police report. Bakert was wearing his Carrollton police uniform at the time of his arrest. He could face additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. Bakert was released from custody after posting the $7,500 bond. His next court date is Wednesday, Apr. 25 at 9:00 a.m.
Bakert was hired by the Carrollton Police Department in September 2011. Minutes from the Carrollton Town Council’s executive session on Apr. 2 have not been released at this time. However, sources close to the investigation said Bakert had been relived of his duties.