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Former Bethany police officer gets hearing in prescription drug theft

An Oklahoma County judge heard arguments in the case of former Bethany police officer Jack Jencks, who is accused of stealing prescription drugs from an evidence locker. Jencks was also involved in the botched investigation into the murder of Carina Saunders in 2011.
by Graham Lee Brewer Published: May 21, 2014
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An Oklahoma County judge will decide Friday whether or not a former Bethany police officer should face trial for allegedly stealing prescription drugs from police evidence.

Former police officer Jack Jencks was charged in February with 10 felony counts of larceny of a controlled dangerous substance. The second day of his preliminary hearing was Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court.

Defense attorney Michael Johnson told Special Judge Larry Jones that several people, including employees at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation where the drugs were tested at one point, easily could have managed to gain entry to the envelopes or the evidence locker.

“Locks only protect you from honest people,” Johnson said.

Prescription drugs seized for police investigations, including dozens of hydrocodone and Xanax pills, went missing from envelopes held in the evidence locker at the Bethany Police Department. In at least one of those envelopes, pills were replaced with screws. Jencks was one of only three officers who had access to the locker at the time.

Records show Jencks was the last person to handle the evidence in all 10 cases where pills went missing, and he told investigators that he was responsible for submitting evidence to the OSBI special lab and taking it to the police property room, Agent Don Faircloth wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

Jencks was involved in the botched investigation into the 2011 slaying of 19-year-old Carina Saunders. He was fired from the department last fall.

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by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the...
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