CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A federal grand jury indicted Elisa Baker on drug trafficking charges Wednesday.

Baker is the stepmother of 10-year-old Zahra Baker, who was killed in September 2010.

The indictment alleges that Baker conspired to distribute the painkillers oxycodone, hydrocodone, and alprazolam, which is more commonly known as Zanax and is used to treat anxiety disorders.

According to the indictment, Baker distributed drugs from 2006 to October 2010. The indictment alleges that she used residences in Granite Falls, Hudson and Hickory to keep and distribute them.

Neighbors in the mobile home park in Hudson where Baker lived with her husband, Adam, and stepdaughter, Zahra, told NewsChannel 36 they suspected dealing.

When they lived down there, cars would come in and out all the time, Peggy Johnson said. They'd go to the end of the trailer and raise the underpining up and get the drugs out.

Johnson said she's only surprised that Adam Baker, Zahra's father, is not charged as well. I've seen him go out and get them, him and her both, she said.

Baker is currently being held in the Catawba County Detention Center on the second-degree murder charge in the death of her stepdaughter. She will remain there.

She also faces charges for bigamy and writing worthless checks.

The federal charges carry maximum sentences of 20 years in prison. There are seven counts in all.

Full Document: Read the indictment

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