Indiana deputy and reserve officer arrested on drug charges


SCOTT CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say that on Thursday, November 28, 2019, an investigation into alleged illegal Steroid possession and distribution by a Scott County Deputy has resulted in his arrest, as well as the arrest of a Scott County reserve officer on related charges.

On Monday, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin received information of possible illegal steroid use and distribution by Deputy Joe Baker. Acting on this information, Sheriff Goodin immediately contacted Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter and requested an investigation into the allegation. Undercover officers from the Sellersburg Post Drug Enforcement Section were assigned and began their investigation on Tuesday.

In the early morning hours of November 28, and as a result of their investigation, Troopers arrested Joe Don Baker, 39, of Salem. Baker is charged with Conspiracy to Deal in Steroids – Level 6 Felony, Official Misconduct – Level 6 Felony, Possession of Hypodermic Needle – Level 6 Felony, and Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance – Class A Misdemeanor.

Also charged is Scott County Reserve Officer Phillip E. Thomas, 32, of Scottsburg. Thomas is charged with Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance – Class A Misdemeanor.

Both Baker and Thomas were remanded into the custody of the Scott County Jail without incident.