ELLSINORE, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri sheriff accused of distributing methamphetamine and cocaine faces arraignment next week.

The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reports that Tommy Adams, 31, of Ellsinore, will appear in court Oct. 7 in Carter County, where he was sheriff before resigning the day of his arrest in April.

Adams is charged with two felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance, for meth and cocaine. He is also charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute. Adams is free on bond.

Adams also faces federal charges — three counts of possession of stolen firearms, one count of sale of a stolen firearm and one count of being an unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of firearms. No trial date has been set in the federal case. He is free on bond.

Authorities arrested Adams after he allegedly distributed meth to a confidential informant working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. A probable cause statement said Adams snorted meth in front of the informant.

His chief deputy, Steffanie Kearbey, 23, also faces federal gun charges, though state charges against her were dropped.

Kearbey was arrested in April and accused of selling a gun taken from the sheriff’s department evidence room and stealing a duffel bag of coins from a house. Her attorney claimed Adams was behind those crimes. She is charged in federal court with three counts of possession of stolen firearms and one count of being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of firearms. A trial date has not been set.

Carter County prosecutor Rocky Kingree dropped state charges against Kearbey in July, saying the state refused to provide him with evidence needed to pursue the case. Kearbey resigned as deputy in April, soon after her arrest.

Copyright The Associated Press 



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