Bond set for sheriff arrested on drug charge

(Source: Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department)
(Source: Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department)

CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The bond for Carter County Sheriff Tommy Adams has been set at $250,000 cash only.

Carter County Coroner Dennis McSpadden said that he read the charges to Sheriff Tommy Adams on April 2, 2011, and he was then placed in the custody of the Mo. Highway Patrol.

Adams has been formally charged with distribution of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, according to Carter County Prosecutor Rocky P. Kingree.

According to a News Release sent to the Associated Press, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Sunday that 31-year-old Tommy L. Adams of Ellsinore was arrested on felony charges of distribution, delivery, manufacture or production of a controlled substance.

With the help of county commissioners, Coroner McSpadden appointed Patrolman Rick Stephens as the County Chief Deputy. He was an officer with the Van Buren Police Department.

Today, commissioners will meet with the judge and other public officials to formalize things and decide what direction the county will go.

At this time, McSpadden says Adams has not yet resigned and as an elected official he is still the sheriff.  McSpadden and Interim County Chief Deputy Stephens are running operations at this time, in accordance with Missouri law.

Adams is being held at the Cape Girardeau County jail.

Evidence is still under review by the Carter County Prosecutor's Office as to whether more charges will be filed on Adams and other persons, according to Kingree.

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