BLOOMFIELD -- The chief jailer of the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department is in jail on drug-related charges.
According to Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner, David L. Currie, 51, of Dexter was charged with four counts of class B felony of distribution of a controlled substance.
The investigation into the matter began when prisoners reported the medication prescribed to them was missing, Hefner said. This included hydrocodone and other strong medicines, which are kept in a secure location at the county jail and are only accessible to jail staff.
"Since it was believed that a member of the Department could be involved, I requested the Criminal Division of the Highway Patrol conduct the investigation," Hefner said. "This is normally done when an internal investigation is required to ensure the public that a complete and open investigation is conducted."
During the course of the investigation, officers of the highway patrol interviewed all the jail staff and a number of inmates who they felt might have information about the missing medication. During this investigation it was determined a member of the jail staff was having inappropriate contact with female prisoners and was providing female prisoners with controlled substances from the secure medication locker.
Currie, who had worked at the jail for three years, is being held at the Butler County Jail in Poplar Bluff with bond set at $50,000 cash. An arraignment is set for Thursday at the Division II of the Circuit Court in Stoddard County.