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Linton man accused of dealing methamphetamine is wanted on two arrest warrants

Donald Forker, Jr.

Donald Forker, Jr.

Donald Forker, Jr., 35, Linton, is wanted on two outstanding arrest warrants. Police allege that Forker, for several months, was traveling to Indianapolis to buy quantities of methamphetamine, then returning to Greene County to sell it for a profit.

This is not the first time Forker has been accused of dealing drugs. In an overnight drug sting by the Greene County Drug Task Force and Linton and Jasonville Police Departments back in 2011, Forker and 12 other individuals were busted and Forker was convicted of dealing in a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a public park.

The current warrants were issued in early May and as of early Wednesday, May 23, he’s still not in custody.

In the earlier drug sting case, Forker was sentenced in June of 2011 on a Class A felony to 15 years with three years suspended, leaving him 12 left to serve in the Indiana Department of Corrections. He served his time and with good time credit, was released in February of 2016. Since his release, he’s been serving a term of probation. But last December, the Greene County Probation Department filed a petition to revoke his suspended sentence and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He had not been arrested and that warrant was still active in April when the Greene County Drug Task Force developed information that Forker was possibly dealing methamphetamine in Greene County, prompting an investigation involving officers from several agencies.

Assistant Police Chief Ryan Van Horn of the Jasonville Police Department wrote the narrative for a probable cause affidavit filed in the latest case, including details about the investigation and the evidence gathered.

Van Horn said officers believe Forker has been traveling over a period of several months to Indianapolis to purchase methamphetamine, at least a half-ounce at a time, then returning to Greene County where he sells it. He is suspected of selling methamphetamine in more than one transaction in April and officers say they have evidence.

Then in late April, officers got information that Forker had gone to Indianapolis and was expected back in Linton with a supply of methamphetamine. Greene County Drug Task Force officers were waiting for him and as he entered Greene County, his vehicle was stopped. Forker was then arrested on the warrant issued in the old sting case, transported to jail and booked in by Jasonville Police Officer Andrew Duguay.

According to Van Horn, Forker did have a supply of methamphetamine with him but he threw it out of his vehicle as the stop was being made. It was recovered and tested positive as methamphetamine, 17 grams.

In this new case against Forker, he will be charged with dealing in methamphetamine in an amount of 10 or more grams, a Level 2 felony, and two counts of dealing in methamphetamine in an amount between one and five grams, a Level 4 felony.

The case was filed in Greene Superior Court on April 30, but Forker was no longer in jail. For the warrant in the old case that he was arrested on, his bond was set at $15,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed. He posted bond and had been released.

Shortly after, another warrant was issued in the old case and a warrant was issued in the new case, but he has not yet been apprehended.