Authorities investigate allegations of officers smuggling contraband into Oklahoma County jail
BY TIM WILLERT NewsOK.com
Thursday, February 14, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - Several current and former detention officers are suspected of selling drugs, tobacco, tools and cellphones to inmates at the Oklahoma County jail in exchange for prepaid cash cards, court papers filed Wednesday reveal.
A sheriff's investigator, in a search warrant affidavit, said evidence “suggests” that ex-detention officers Miah N. Dukes and Timothy R. Oakes Jr., “as well as unidentified detention officers and inmates, are part of an ongoing criminal enterprise” in which the officers make contact with inmates, friends and family to arrange payment for smuggled contraband.
The officers “receive payment by way of reloadable fund cards” used by inmates to buy food, candy and phone privileges, according to the affidavit.
Sheriff John Whetsel called the allegations “a disappointment.”
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From left to right, ex-detention officers Miah N. Dukes and Timothy R. Oakes Jr. and inmate Equan England