Contract Employee Arrested, Accused Of Smuggling Contraband Into Okla. Co. Jail

Monday, October 18th 2021, 9:44 pm
By: Sylvia Corkill


A stash of drugs were uncovered inside the Oklahoma County jail, and investigators said a contract worker is responsible for smuggling it in.

Tkeyah Wallace was contracted with Turn Key Health as a medical assistant in July.

According to investigators, she started bringing in cigarettes for her boyfriend, who is an inmate, and then things snowballed from there.

When Wallace arrived to work on Saturday, investigators were ready.

“They waited for her to show up for work, (then) they stopped her,” said Oklahoma County Detention Center spokesman Mark Opgrande.

According to court documents, investigators were tipped off then reviewed surveillance video showing Wallace entering the jail and then leaving her medical cart unsupervised.

Inmates were seen grabbing trash bags from the cart and "stuffing them into their pants."

Investigators said when questioned, Wallace said "she had ruined her life."

Court records showed they searched her bag and uncovered a trove of contraband.

“On her person, they got about 14 bundles wrapped in black electrical tape, wrapped THC, K2 synthetic marijuana, meth, and fentanyl,” said Opgrande. 

In her vehicle, investigators said they found even more.

“It's basically an ongoing effort that we have been doing to stop the flow of narcotics and contraband inside the jail,” said Opgrande.

Using CashApp, Wallace said other inmates had paid her around $9,000 over the course of her employment to bring in the drugs.

According to the Oklahoma County Detention Center, she was immediately arrested.

Wallace was arrested on a felony complaint and held on $20,000 bond.