Two correction officers charged for attempting to sell a handgun to an inmate

BradenTolle (left) Bryan Ball (right)

The Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against two county correctional officers.

Posted: Aug. 13, 2018 4:54 PM
Updated: Aug. 15, 2018 6:32 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against two county correctional officers. Braden Tolle and Bryan Ball are both facing charges including conspiring to illegally sell a handgun and trafficking with an Inmate.

According to court documents, the investigation has been going on since June when investigators first spoke to corrections officer Braden Tolle. Officers said he admitted to delivering two to three pouches of chewing tobacco to inmates twice in the last 60 days to two different inmates including Justin Sands.

Deputies said they then found messages on Tolle's cell phone discussing the transfer of money. Questioning Tolle, he admitted to arranging to sell a firearm to a current inmate Justin Sands. Tolle also stated another individual, Jimmie Miller Jr.,  paid Tolle part of the money for the firearm.

Court documents said Sands allegedly corroborated the information saying he was trying to buy a gun from Tolle but said he was going to obtain the gun once he was released. 

Deputies also determined a second corrections officer, Bryan Ball, may have played a roll in the gun transfer. Tolle said that Ball acted as an intermediary for the gun transaction. 

Tolle, Sands, and Miller are all facing charges including conspiracy to commit criminal transfer of a handgun. 

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