Two Vernon County correctional officers, an inmate and a fourth citizen have been charged in connection with the delivery of marijuana to the jail, apparently in exchange for money.
Three of the four suspects have been arrested -- correctional officers James Tumm and Colby Prough, and inmate Bob Beisly III -- and the Vernon County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating the fourth suspect, Joanna Roberts, identified as Beisly's girlfriend in court documents. Roberts was still at large as of Wednesday evening. The Vernon County Sheriff's Office urges anyone with information about her whereabouts call (417) 667-6042.
Tumm, of Nevada, and Prough, El Dorado Springs, are each charged with the felony of delivery or possession of a controlled substance at a county jail. Bond was set at $10,000 for each of them. Prough was expected to post bond Wednesday, court officials said.
Roberts also is charged with delivery or possession of a controlled substance at a county jail.
Court documents say that on Sept. 12, Beisly, who was in custody at the time on probation violation warrants, asked to speak with Vernon County Sheriff Ron Peckman. Beisly informed Peckman that he had paid a bribe to the two jailers to smuggle marijuana to him, inside the jail.
That night, Roberts, admitted to Chief Deputy Shayne Simmons that she had given money to Prough and Tumm at Beisly's request, court documents said.
According to court documents, Prough admitted to having delivered the package, but denied knowing that marijuana was one of the items inside, saying he believed the envelope contained mail, a photo, a lighter and tobacco. Prough admitted that he met Roberts again on Sept. 10, at the Pilot truck stop in Nevada, where he received $1,700 in cash in lieu of cashing the $1,500 check. Prough said the money was a loan from Beisly.
Roberts also told the deputy that she'd met Tumm at the Sutherlands parking lot Sept. 10 and had paid him $1,000, stating the money was a wedding gift from Beisly to Tumm. Tumm admitted receiving the money from Roberts. He also admitted he knew that Prough had received and delivered the envelope and that Prough also had received money from Beisly.
Tumm's arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 24. Tumm is represented by Kendall Vickers, Nevada. "We intend to provide a vigorous defense, and I'm still looking into the facts," Vickers said, declining further comment at this time.
No court date was available Wednesday evening for Prough; who had no attorney on file at the time.
Beisly's arraignment is slated for Oct. 15; and documents did not list an attorney for Beisly.