Former Bethany police captain charged with 10 felony drug counts

Jack Ronald Jencks, 46, was charged Thursday with 10 counts of larceny of a controlled dangerous substance. He is the former Bethany police captain involved in the botched investigation of a gruesome slaying has been charged with stealing drugs from police evidence.
by Matt Dinger Published: February 6, 2014

The former Bethany police captain involved in the botched investigation of a gruesome slaying has been charged with stealing drugs from police evidence.

Jack Ronald Jencks, 46, was charged Thursday with 10 felony counts of larceny of a controlled dangerous substance in Oklahoma County District Court.

Jencks investigated the slaying of 19-year-old Carina Saunders. Her dismembered body was found in a duffel bag behind a Homeland grocery store at NW 23 and Rockwell on Oct. 13, 2011.

Jencks is accused of taking prescription narcotics and other drugs from boxes and envelopes kept in the department's property room between March 2011 and March 2013, court records show.

His last name is spelled “Jenks” in court documents.

Jencks is accused of taking pills entered into evidence in 10 cases, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Don Faircloth wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

The discrepancies were discovered after the drugs were submitted to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for destruction last February.

In one instance, an envelope supposed to contain 34 1/ 2 pills, had only one full pill and one half pill along with six wood screws. The agent thought the screws were to mimic the sound of the pills and hide the fact that they'd been stolen, the affidavit states.

The evidence tape appeared to be intact on four of the envelopes, but microscopic analyses showed a razor had been used to open and reseal them, Faircloth wrote.

Only two other people reportedly had access to the police department's evidence room. Jencks was the last person to handle the evidence in all ten cases where pills were discovered to be missing, records show.

Jencks told investigators that he was responsible for submitting evidence to the OSBI lab and transporting it to the police property room until cases were adjudicated. He also said that he was the one who gathered evidence and took it to the OSBI for destruction, the affidavit states.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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