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APD officer arrested on federal drug charges

Jordan allegedly on duty and dressed in uniform at time of undercover buy

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Donald Jordan

At right, Donald "Donnie" Jordan receives a Meritorious Service Award in this file photo from 2006. Jordan, 52, was arrested by the FBI on Dec. 10, 2015, on suspicion of dealing drugs while on-duty and in a marked patrol car.

ANDERSON — A 23-year member of the Anderson Police Department wore his uniform and drove a marked car when he allegedly sold drugs, investigators said Friday.

Following a year-long investigation, Donald Jordan, 52, was formally charged Friday with one count of possession with the intent to distribute hydrocodone and a charge of possession with intent to distribute Xanax.

The charges followed his arrest by the FBI on Thursday, according to Tim Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Indiana.

In response to the charges, Anderson Police Chief Larry Crenshaw placed Jordan on administrative leave without pay. Crenshaw said the Board of Public Safety next Thursday will be asked to suspend Jordan without pay.

“The investigation started in 2014 with a citizen complaint filed,” Crenshaw said. “It takes time to evaluate the information, and once it was determined there was some validity to the complaint, we let another agency look into it.”

Crenshaw said the investigation was turned over to the Indiana State Police, who then asked for the FBI to take the probe.

Jordan was also a security officer for Anderson Community Schools. He began working at the district's detention school, formerly held at the D-26 Career Center on 38th Street, said Joe Cronk, chief operating officer.

When the detention school moved to the C.O.M.P.A.S.S facility at the old Morgan-Fenner Elementary School in August, Jordan began working there.

"We have never had a complaint on him, nor have even had a reason to think he was involved in anything underhanded," Cronk said. "I am shocked to have learned of his arrest."

However, ACS superintendent Terry Thompson said the district will conduct its own investigation of Jordan.

"As of right now, we do not have any reason to believe there are any wrongdoings with our students," Thompson said Friday.

Federal charges

Concerning the federal charges, on June 26 and Dec. 10, Jordan was allegedly working on duty, wearing his APD uniform and driving a marked patrol car when he offered to sell drugs to a police informant, according to federal court documents.

The informant, who was working with the FBI Drug Task Force, said that Jordan asked the informant to sell marijuana. The gender of the informant is not revealed in court papers.

The informant, who has faced criminal charges previously, was provided a recording device and on June 26 met with Jordan and was given three hydrocodone pills.

Hydrocodone is a prescription opiate pain killer and Xanax is a prescription drug to treat anxiety and depression.

After the pills were exchanged, Jordan asked the informant in the patrol car to touch his penis which the officer had exposed, documents allege. When the informant refused, Jordan allegedly grabbed the informant’s hand and placed it there.

Despite attempts by the informant to reach Jordan, no contact was made until Dec. 9. At that time, the probable cause affidavit indicates, the informant and an undercover FBI special agent spotted Jordan’s marked patrol car in a convenience store parking lot in the 900 block of West 38th Street at 11:40 p.m.

Jordan allegedly talked with both and was told that it was a “girl’s party night.” The officer expressed an interest in their plans.

Jordan was told the undercover agent didn’t trust police. Jordan reportedly said he was a “better criminal than he is a cop” and that he “is corrupt," the affidavit alleges.

After asking the informant and undercover agent what they were willing to buy, Jordan said he could purchase 15 Xanax pills from another person for $45. The undercover agent gave Jordan $60 and he returned $15. Jordan told the pair to wait at a local bar.

Jordan later called the informant and directed them to meet at Lloyd’s Landing, where they found his marked patrol car in the back of the lot.

Jordan then transferred the pills to the undercover agent. Jordan was on official duty and dressed in full police uniform, including a side firearm.

"The citizens of Anderson deserve better from their public servants," U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said in a prepared statement. "When a police officer betrays the trust of the community he serves, he will be targeted, investigated and prosecuted like any other drug dealer."

Minkler said Jordan's "criminal choices" did not represent APD or Indiana law enforcement in general.

"Of the more than 300 federal criminal violations investigated by the FBI, few are more important than police officers who harm the communities they serve," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Jay Abbott in a press release.

The probable cause affidavit states the confidential informant has criminal convictions for public intoxication, domestic battery, invasion of privacy, failure to appear, probation violation, operating while intoxicated, and conversion.

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Senior Reporter covering Anderson and Madison County government, politics and auto racing for The Herald Bulletin. Has been working as a journalist in central Indiana since 1977.