Woman who works at the Oklahoma County jail says she was offered $2K to deliver cellphones to inmate

by Andrew Knittle Published: June 12, 2012

A woman who passed out medication at the Oklahoma County jail has been charged with two felonies after she was caught in April with cellphones in her medicine cart.

Vesna Kalabic, 27, told investigators she was offered $2,000 to deliver the phones — with two chargers included — to one inmate. The name of the inmate isn't disclosed in court records.

A probable cause affidavit filed in the case reveals Kalabic was contacted by an unnamed third party who offered to pay the “medication passer” to smuggle the phones into the jail.

Kalabic told investigators she agreed to do it but had second thoughts once she sneaked the phones into the jail. She said she decided not to go through it and left the cellphones and chargers inside a locked box in her medication cart.

Records show the phones were found three days after Kalabic smuggled them inside. They were found in a box that holds narcotic medications, inside inhaler packages.

Court records show the phones had active SIM cards and chargers.

Kalabic, of Bethany, didn't have a criminal record in Oklahoma until her April 26 arrest, although a woman sought a protective order against her in 2006. The request for the protective order was denied, court records show.

Kalabic, who was not a jail employee, worked for Armor Correctional Health Services, a private company that provides medical and dental services to prisoners in Oklahoma County.

According to jail records, the suspect was released from jail the same day she was arrested.

If convicted, Kalabic could face up to two years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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