Drug-Dealing Mo. Sheriff Faces Arson, Burglary Charges

CBS St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A former southern Missouri sheriff already behind bars for distributing methamphetamine, selling stolen guns and other crimes is facing new allegations, accusing him of orchestrating two burglaries and three arson fires.

The new charges against Tommy Adams were filed Friday by the Missouri Attorney General’s office. Adams faces arraignment Tuesday in Van Buren, Mo. He is currently housed at the Butler County Jail in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Messages on Tuesday seeking comment from the assistant attorney general leading the case, David Hansen, and Adams’ attorney were not returned.

Adams, 33, was sheriff of Carter County when the crimes allegedly occurred, all in 2010. He is accused of orchestrating break-ins at a home and an apartment. The arson charges allege that he directed another man to set fire to Adams’ own home and two others. A motive wasn’t given.

Adams was initially arrested in April 2011 following…

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