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Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:36 PM

Jason Houston

Jason Lamont Houston, 40, a jailer at the Muskogee County Jail, is facing felony charges of possession of contraband in a penal institution after Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office officials searched him and his vehicle and found numerous items of contraband.

Sheriff Rob Frazier said he had received several reports from inmates about a jailer bringing contraband into the jail.

“He was slick about it,” Frazier said today. “A lot of times, people sneaking contraband into the jail are easy to catch, but he was savvy.”

Jailers are routinely patted down before they are allowed entry into the jail, and during a pat-down on Monday, the sheriff took Houston into custody.

Contraband items were found on the suspect and in his car.

“He had phone chargers, cords, pills, and in his vehicle he had packages of tobacco, and inside those packages were prepackaged baggies of marijuana,” Frazier said. “He also had rolling papers.”

Houston was arrested and jailed in another county for his safety.

“He admits to everything,” Frazier said. “He said he just got caught up in the cash.”

Jails everywhere have trouble with jailers providing contraband to inmates, he said.

“We don’t turn our head to it,” he said. “We hold our jailers to a higher standard.”

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