A former detention officer is behind bars, accused of smuggling drugs and cellphones inside the Oklahoma County jail with the help of an inmate's girlfriend, court records show.
Prosecutors filed multiple felony charges Wednesday against the ex-officer, Tina Nicole Reed, the inmate, Adam Lee Piro, and the girlfriend, Laura Regina Archuleta.
Each is charged with conspiracy. Reed also faces five counts of possession of contraband in a penal institution, and Piro also faces one count of possession of contraband.
Reed, 31, of Oklahoma City, was fired Monday by Sheriff John Whetsel and booked into the Oklahoma County jail. She was in custody Wednesday, with bail set at $30,000, a jail worker said.
“She told us at the time of her arrest that she never expected to get caught,” Whetsel said of Reed. “Nobody ever expects to get caught, but we're doing everything in our power to ferret out this kind of activity.”
Reed is the latest in a series of detention officers to be fired and jailed in the same facility where they once worked, on suspicion of contraband smuggling. Two other ex-officers suspected of smuggling contraband have not been charged, records show.
Whetsel characterized the department's investigation as ongoing.
“The vast majority of our employees are good employees,” he said. “They follow the law and they conduct themselves very ethically, but the small number that don't need to know that we mean business and will not tolerate this kind of behavior.”
Prosecutors allege Reed and Archuleta, 34, of Albuquerque, N.M., met twice this month at an Oklahoma City pancake house, where Archuleta gave Reed contraband to smuggle into the jail for Piro, records show.
Reed was questioned Monday by investigators after taking an “unauthorized” route to gain access to the jail, according to a probable cause affidavit.
During the interview, Reed pulled two packages out of her pocket that were wrapped in electrical tape. The packages contained two cellphones, prescription drugs, tobacco and tools used to unscrew screws on the jail's visitation windows, investigators reported.
Reed said she “received the contraband from a woman named Laura and the contraband was intended for an inmate by the name of Adam Piro,” a deputy wrote in the affidavit.
Reed also confessed to delivering “weed” and a cellphone to an inmate housed on the 12th floor of the jail, according to the affidavit.
Piro, 32, is no stranger to contraband cases. He is charged in a separate case with four counts of possession of contraband. Earlier this month, prosecutors dismissed a contraband charge in another case.
Last month, a jury convicted Piro of assaulting an inmate inside the jail and recommended a 20-year prison sentence.
He also is accused of shooting at police officers from a stolen car. A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after police witnesses set to testify were summoned to provide tornado assistance in Moore.