VINITA -- Two Craig County jailers found themselves on the
other side of the bars Tuesday after authorities said they
found stashes of drugs hidden throughout the county jail.
The drugs -- marijuana and methamphetamine -- apparently
were taken from the sheriff's evidence room.
Jailers Mary Lane Wilson and LeeAnn Mayberry were
arrested Monday and jailed after lawmen confiscated nearly
3 pounds of marijuana and methamphetamine honeycombed
throughout the jail.
``It's really a bad thing. They somehow discovered an
entryway into the evidence room downstairs, and the jailers
and three trusties were apparently taking marijuana and
other drugs upstairs and having a little party,'' said
Barry Armstrong, Vinita assistant police chief.
``It's unfortunate, because we think we have just
touched the tip of the iceberg as to what may be going on
up here,'' Armstrong said.
Craig County Sheriff George Vaughn said his office was
tipped off by an inmate, claiming that people had been
smoking marijuana in the jail.
``We received the information and immediately did a
shakedown of the facility, which resulted in our finding
marijuana in several places,'' Vaughn said.
``At that point, we called the Vinita Police Department
because we thought it would be best if they conducted the
investigation.'' According to Armstrong, Patrolman
Charlie Enyart and his K-9, Tyson, went to the jail and
discovered nearly 3 pounds of marijuana in individual
gallon-size plastic bags, a baggy with methamphetamine
residue and a syringe inside numerous hiding spots within
the jail. Jail trusties involved in the investigation
were identified as Michael Miller, Phillip Moreland and
Darrell Kirkland. Charges may be forthcoming against them,
Meanwhile, Wilson was being held in Mayes County
awaiting a court appearance, and Mayberry was being held in
Rogers County, authorities said.
``The jailers were taken to jail in other counties
because it is not wise to place them in lock-up in the
facility they were once in charge of. It's not safe,''
Officials said some of the marijuana that the inmates
and trusties were taking from the evidence room was from
cases worked in 1986 and 1987.
``I contacted one of our commissioners, who has agreed
to give us full cooperation on repairing the many things
that need to be done in the jail,'' said Vaughn.``There
are a lot of things that need to be fixed and filled in,
and it would cut down significantly on the hiding spots
where we found most of the contraband.''