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

On Jan. 19, Dukes sent a text message to Oakes that read: “From Miah-(expletive) somebody got $300 for you in 10a for a phone,” the affidavit states.

Neither Dukes nor Oakes could be reached for comment.

Three days later, investigators received information about an ongoing case involving Oakes and “numerous detention officers” smuggling in marijuana and other drugs, loose tobacco, hex tools, pills and cellular phones into the detention center and selling the items to inmates using a reloadable fund card, Cpl. Jason Bass, a sheriff's investigator, reported.

Whetsel said a hex tool — a thin, L-shaped implement — is used to unscrew screws on the jail's visitation windows.

Oakes, 20, a senior detention officer, was fired Jan. 23, the same day he was arrested on a complaint of possession of contraband in a penal institution, Myers said. Investigators recovered a noncontract cellphone and reloadable fund card from Oakes, which he was not authorized to have, the investigator wrote.

“It is common for family members and friends of inmates to pay detention officers to distribute phones and other contraband to inmates,” Bass wrote in the affidavit.

Whetsel said Dukes and Oakes received ethics training.

England is serving prison time for drug and firearms crimes. He is one of four inmates whose phone numbers and jail monikers were found on the phone confiscated from Oakes, the investigator reported.

Among the items recovered from an apartment in the 2400 block of NW 122 where Bass served a search warrant were letters from five inmates, including England. Dukes is believed to live there, Myers said.

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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 FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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