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Jail Officer "Never Expected to Get Caught"

03-Jun-2013

In what appears to be a clear case of stating the obvious, a former Oklahoma County jail officer accused of smuggling contraband into the jail told Sheriff John Wetsel that she "never expected to get caught." It stands to reason that if she had expected to be caught, she would not likely have committed the offense which landed her as an inmate in the same jail where she once worked.

Tina Nicole Reed, 31, Oklahoma City is accused of conspiracy and five counts of possession of contraband in a penal institution. She is being held in the Oklahoma County jail with bail set at $30,000.

Reed is accused of conspiring with an inmate, Adam Lee Piro, and his girlfriend, Laura Regina Archuleta, to bring drugs, cell phones, and other contraband into the jail. Police say Reed met with Archuleta to get the items to deliver to Piro. The corrections officer was questioned after taking an "unauthorized" route into the jail, and investigators say she turned over two packages containing cell phones, prescription drugs, tobacco, and tools which could be used to remove the screws from visitation windows.

Police say Reed also admitted to delivering marijuana and a cell phone to another inmate.

Also charged in the case are Archuleta and Piro. Archuleta is charged with conspiracy. Piro is charged with conspiracy and possession of contraband in a penal institution.

Adam Lee Piro has a lengthy criminal record. He is currently in jail awaiting trial on charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon after shooting at police officers from a stolen vehicle. His first trial ended in mistrial as a result of a hung jury, and his second trial also ended in mistrial after Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong dismissed police officer witnesses to assist as first responders to the tornado damage in Moore. That case has been rescheduled for next month.

However, while he awaits his third trial for shooting at police, Piro has not managed to stay out of trouble, even though he is behind bars. Piro and three other inmates were accused of aggravated assault in the beating of a fellow inmate last year. Piro was convicted last month and a jury recommended a sentence of 20 years for the crime. Additionally, he is charged with four counts of possession of contraband in a separate case.

Oklahoma law defines possession of contraband in a penal institution as a felony. Under 57 O.S. §21, the penalties for possession of contraband in a jail or prison increase with repeated offenses:

  • First offense - 1 to 5 years on prison and/or a fine of $100 to $1,000
  • Second offense - 5 to 20 years in prison
  • Third offense - minimum of 20 years in prison

Bringing a cell phone or other electronic communications device into a jail or state penal institution is punishable by a maximum of 2 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.

Committing a crime because you think you won't get caught is never a good idea. Neither is admitting to a crime without first consulting a skilled defense attorney.



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