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.