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April 29, 2009

Vigo Commissioner Decker agrees to plead guilty to meth charge

Decker will resign position

TERRE HAUTE — Vigo County Commissioner David W. Decker has agreed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, to plead guilty to distributing methamphetamine. He also agreed to resign his elected county position.

A plea agreement Decker signed Tuesday and filed in federal court Wednesday shows Decker admitted to distributing 3.25 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine. The amount is 1/8th of an ounce, known as an “eight ball.”

Decker, 53, is scheduled to appear for an initial hearing at 9 a.m. today in federal court in Terre Haute. He will then appear in a plea hearing, where he will waive his constitutional right to a grand jury indictment, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley A. Blackington.

If the plea agreement is accepted by the court, Decker will then appear for a sentencing hearing.

Once a plea agreement is accepted, his resignation can be enforced, Blackington said.

A message was left at Decker’s home and cellular telephone seeking comment. His attorney, William Smock, said Decker will resign from his county office today.

Decker’s plea agreement is a result of an investigation into the methamphetamine trafficking organization lead by Robbin Welker, 43, also known as Robbin Poore. Welker and Vicki Shaw, 41, were charged in federal court in December with leading two meth-dealing organizations.

“The investigation continued after the wiretap was done on Welker and several other participants in the organization were identified. Mr. Decker was identified as one of them,” Blackington said.

The federal attorney said the investigation is ongoing and could not comment if any other county officials are under investigation. Asked if Decker used his county office to further or assist a drug dealing operation, Blackington said no.

“This was just an ordinary drug deal,” he said of Decker. Court documents show prosecutors alleged Decker sold meth on or about Nov. 8, 2008.

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