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April 9, 2013

Jailer, fiance arrested on pot complaints

Case is second in weeks to involve detention center staff

— A Muskogee County/City Detention Center employee and her fiance were arrested Monday for allegedly growing and selling marijuana.

Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike Grace said Jennifer Castronovo, 36, and her fiance, Jody John Pease, 38, were arrested early Monday at their house in the 2600 block of Garland Street.

Grace said Castronovo had been employed at the jail since she and Pease moved to Muskogee from Tulsa a few months ago. They were arrested by the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office and Muskogee Police Special Investigations Unit.

“We found several packages of marijuana,” Grace said. “As well as a plant and cash from profits of selling marijuana.”

Grace said these were the only arrests that authorities expected to make in the case.

Sheriff Charles Pearson said the development surprised him.

“I hate to have to say ‘I busted one of my employees,’” he said. “But we can’t have this type of behavior at my jail.”

Castronovo is the second jail employee arrested in the last month. Kendra Knotchapone, 29, and her boyfriend, Elijah Harjo, 30, were arrested in March on a warrant for three counts of embezzlement by a county employee.

Knotchapone was a detention officer who worked primarily in fingerprinting. Court records state Knotchapone is set to return to court May 14 for a preliminary hearing.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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