A Scott County Sheriff’s deputy and reserve officer are behind bars after being arrested on charges of illegal steroid possession and distribution.

Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin received word Monday of possible illegal steroid use and distribution by Deputy Joe Baker, 39, of Salem, and contacted Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter requesting an investigation. Undercover officers with the Sellersburg Post Drug Enforcement Section began their investigation the next day.

As a result of the investigation, ISP troopers arrested Baker early Thursday morning and charged him with conspiracy to deal in steroids, a Level 6 felony; official misconduct, a Level 6 Felony; possession of a hypodermic needle, a Level 6 Felony; and possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, Class A Misdemeanor.

They also charged Scott County Reserve Officer Phillip E. Thomas, 32, of Scottsburg with possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

Both Thomas and Baker were taken to Scott County Jail without incident.