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Authorities investigate allegations of officers smuggling contraband into Oklahoma County jail

Two ex-jailers accused of selling cellphone to inmate; others suspected of smuggling drugs and tobacco inside the Oklahoma County jail.
by Tim Willert Modified: February 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm •  Published: February 13, 2013

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.”

“It's a shame that someone would throw away their law enforcement career over a few hundred bucks,” Whetsel said.

The investigation is ongoing and could result in criminal charges being filed against other jail employees, said Mark Myers, spokesman for the sheriff's office.

“If investigators believe others are involved, there is a very strong likelihood that there could be additional people charged,” he said.

Dukes, 20, a female detention officer, was fired Dec. 23, after investigators confiscated a cellphone from inmate Equan England and found a text message from Dukes with photos of her in a bikini top, according to the affidavit.

She was jailed Feb. 12 on a complaint of conspiracy to commit a felony, records show. Dukes is accused of working with Oakes to smuggle a cellphone into the jail.

Dukes, the investigator wrote, was terminated for policy violations that included an improper relationship with England.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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