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Half-pound of marijuana seized in Bloomfield bust

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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COREY NOLES-cnoles@dailystatesman.com At left are some of the items seized in the recent Missouri St. bust in Bloomfield. Three individuals were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Three people are behind bars today following the seizure of a half-pound of marijuana and various items of drug paraphernalia in Bloomfield.

Those arrested were:

Candis Lee, of Bloomfield, who has been charged with the Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of the Class A misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child. Her bond is set at $50,000 cash-only.

Kristopher Lee, of Bloomfield, who has been charged with the Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of the Class A misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child. His bond is set at $50,000 cash-only.

Jessica M. Ellsworth, of Dexter, who is charged with the Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $25,000 cash-only.

According to Bloomfield Police Chief Cheryl Malone, the investigation began on Thursday, April 12 and culminated in the bust around noon on Monday, April 16.

Malone requested a search warrant for a residence at 204 E. Missouri St. after being told by a confidential informant that he was supposed to receive a half-pound of marijuana from Kristopher Lee.

Malone and her officers, with assistance from the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, then entered the home and identified its primary owner, Candis Lee. Officer Michael Smith reportedly asked Malone to come to the kitchen where police located a pile of loose marijuana on the counter near the refrigerator.

On the kitchen table, the report states, officers located a glass pipe and a piece of wire in a box. In a red glass vase on the table, officers found three small pieces of folded tin foil and a plastic tube.

Officers then searched the pantry where they found, among infant formula and baby food, two tobacco grinders with marijuana residue on them. Two small children lived inside the home.

Candis Lee told officers that she had taken her brother-in-law, Kristopher Lee, somewhere and brought him back, but that she had no idea what he was doing. She later stated she knew he was going to buy marijuana for someone, but had come home before making the sale. She claimed to know nothing of the marijuana on the counter, and when asked about the pipe and wire on the table, she refused to answer.

All three subjects were arrested and transported to the Stoddard County Jail. Malone credited her informant, her department and the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department for their efforts in helping with the investigation and bust.


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Well, I guess the "CI"....is no longer confidential since the perps KNOW who he/she is. Good work law enforcement..publish the fact that it was a CI that set up the bust. Now...even from behind bars they can let people now who the informant was. Makes no never-mind to me but how about future information from a CI who has been beat up or worse????

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Wed, Apr 18, 2012, at 11:57 AM

What about the small children? I wonder how soon the offenders will be released and get the babies back. So, so sad!

-- Posted by nmwidow on Wed, Apr 18, 2012, at 1:30 PM

I have to say the meth manufacturing in the next story is more serious of an offense. That's my opinion.

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Apr 18, 2012, at 4:08 PM

Hooray for the war on drugs.

-- Posted by turdjerker on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 7:21 AM

I am sure that this story will make more "CI"s decide to cooperate with the Stoddard County police officers. Now that confidential information is spread across the news lines.

-- Posted by gypsyrose1932 on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 2:31 PM

Wouldn't you think law enforcement would know better than to release that information about an informant? It will be very difficult to get anyone to help now. I know I wouldn't inform on anyone knowing that they will give out who I am. It is unfortunate because the majority of drug bust probably come about with the help of CI's. I hope in the future they'll be more protective of their informants, can't really say confidential anymore, apparently.

-- Posted by Just Lucy on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 10:10 AM


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