SCOTT COUNTY, Ind. (WAVE) – Scott County Deputy Joe Baker, 39, is facing drug charges after being arrested on Thanksgiving Day for allegedly dealing illegal steroids.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls said on Monday, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin received word about Baker allegedly using and dealing steroids. Goodin then contacted ISP, requested an investigation, and undercover officers from the Sellersburg Post Drug Enforcement Section were assigned to the case.
Baker was arrested on Nov. 28. He is charged with three felony counts: conspiracy to deal in steroids, official misconduct and possession of a hypodermic needle. He is also facing a misdemeanor drug possession charge.
Scott County Reserve Officer Phillip Thomas, 32, is also facing a misdemeanor drug possession charge.
“I’m not a doctor, but [it was] related to the use for, I believe, body enhancement as far as weight lifting," Huls said. "[It was] that type of substance.”
Now, the investigation continues as Indiana State Police look to see if more people were involved.
“It’s tragic," Huls said. “We don’t want to see any officer, or any individual, involved in something like this and we have to get involved. However, when we have that information, we’re going to thoroughly investigate it. So what the use is, the intended use is, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is where does it fall on that line of illegal or legal.”
Both suspects were booked into the Scott County Jail.
On Friday, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin released a statement saying in part, “Since my first day in office I declared “Scott County a Drug Free Zone”. Making it perfectly clear that no matter who you are, you would be a target if you were dealing or involved in drug activity. As your sheriff, I have set a high standard of conduct from my deputies and corrections officers. Failure to live by the standards we set, will NOT be overlooked by me as the Sheriff of Scott County…not yesterday, not today, and not in the future.”
To read the full statement, click here.