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April 24, 2014

Jailer accused of letting drugs in

Sheriff says woman arrested, supervisor fired

A jailer at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility was arrested Wednesday for allegedly allowing an inmate to bring drugs into the jail, said Sheriff Charles Pearson.

Cree Arianna Robinson, 19, was arrested on a complaint of conspiracy to possess a controlled dangerous substance in a penal institution.

Robinson’s supervisor, Dejohnae Cone, was fired, but not arrested, Pearson said.

Robinson is accused of allowing Deandre Ramone Buchanan, 19, who was being booked into jail, to bring a plastic bag into the jail. The bag contained what authorities believe to be cocaine and marijuana, Pearson said.

“We had just made a drug arrest and already knew the drugs were possibly hidden in his underwear,” Pearson said.

Buchanan and Shantae Nicole Maxwell, 19, were arrested together.

Pearson said Robinson and Cone were present to help with booking in Maxwell.

While in a hallway before entering the jail, people who are arrested are given a chance to hand over contraband.

“They’re given a speech, that after this point, it becomes a felony if they take anything in there,” Pearson said.

Cameras inside the jail caught everything, he said.

Once inside, Buchanan is taking off his clothes while watching the deputies.

“That’s when you hear a large thump,” Pearson said. “You see it and hear it drop to the floor. You see (Robinson) point at it with a big, huge smile on her face and say, ‘Really? Really?’”

Buchanan puts the bag back in his underwear, and the deputy comes out the door.

“She never says anything or tells him about it,” Pearson said.

Buchanan is seen on camera putting the plastic bag into a container that contains items he had on him when he came into the jail, such as wallet, jewelry, etc., he said.

Cone is seen putting a clipboard in the container. Buchanan’s belongings are placed on top of the clipboard, Pearson said.

A deputy who was later searching for the clipboard found the plastic bag.

“You see the deputy look in there and see the drugs — crack cocaine and marijuana and a large amount of cash,” Pearson said.

It will be up to District Attorney Larry Moore whether Cone will be charged.

“(Cone) admits to seeing something fall,” Pearson said. “They were just going to let him bring it in. One of them was friends with (Buchanan). Thank God we got the cameras. I just can’t believe they thought they could get away with it. It’s just really disheartening.”

Cone’s brother, John Cone, 19, was convicted by a jury March 12 of first-degree murder in the Sept. 6, 2012, death of Skylar Brewer.

While Cone was on trial, someone brought Cone a container with a chicken dinner inside. Cone’s sister took the container from the man to give to her brother. A search of the container found marijuana under the mashed potatoes, Pearson said. There was no way to know how it got there, and no one was arrested or charged, he said.

Buchanan was booked into jail on complaints of public intoxication, possession of marijuana, possession of controlled dangerous substance and possession of contraband in a penal institution.

Maxwell was booked in on a complaint of public intoxication.

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918) 684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.

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