PITTSBURG — Two Joplin residents were arrested on drug charges in the Kansas Crossing Casino parking lot Tuesday.
John Eric Tullis, 32, and Sarah Elizabeth Burton, 27, were arrested by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, assisted by the Pittsburg Police Department. The two were taken in on charges of possession of narcotics. Tullis was charged with possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.
“Racing and Gaming has two main functions: We monitor the integrity of the games and also serve as a state law enforcement agency,” KRGC Supervising Agent Rick Wilson said. “We are always monitoring the cameras and can make arrests when illegal activity happens at the casino.”
Wilson said like Tuesday’s event, most incidents at the casino happen in the parking lot.
A tip provided to The Morning Sun alleged that Tullis and Burton were dealing drugs at the casino, and were connected with Gavin Phillip Wood, who was arrested Jan. 25 and charged with possession of over 10 pounds of marijuana. The rumor potentially started because Wood worked at Kansas Crossing for a short time.
However, Wilson said there is no evidence suggesting the arrests are related in any way.
“I don’t know of any connection,” he said. “I’m not sure where that came from.”
The tip also suggested drugs were being dealt by these connected parties out of the casino. Wilson said while drug arrests have been made in the casino parking lot, there have been no drug issues inside the casino.
“We haven’t had any arrests inside the casino with drugs,” he said. “Like I said, we’re always monitoring the cameras, and we’ve had no cases of dealing drugs inside the casino.”
The case is still under investigation. The arrestees are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.