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Posted on: November 22, 2023

Two Cleveland County Detention Officers Arrested for Charges Related to Contraband

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NORMAN, Okla. — Cleveland County Detention officers William Haddox, 21, and Landon Russell, 23, were arrested Wednesday by Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputies for charges related to possessing or disturbing contraband within the detention center.

Haddox, who worked for Cleveland County since August of last year, was arrested on multiple charges including: Bringing or Possessing Contraband into a Jail or Penal Institution, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Possession of a Controlled and Dangerous Substance, and Aggravated Trafficking in Illegal Drugs.

Russell, who has only been staffed since June, will also be charged with Bringing or Possessing Contraband into a Jail or Penal Institution.

Wednesday’s arrest follows an incident at the Cleveland County Detention Center on Nov. 18, where an employee was exposed to a substance suspected to be an opioid. The affected employee received treatment at a local hospital and fully recovered without sustaining any lasting injuries. While this episode unfolded without lasting harm, it did serve as the catalyst for Cleveland County investigators to initiate a probe into potential contraband activities within the jail.

“Following such a situation, we are not inclined to passively await developments,” said Cleveland County Sheriff Chris Amason. “Our investigation started Saturday night, and by early in the week, we had most of our information organized. The investigation remains ongoing, but we are confident that we have effectively identified the primary players and will continue work to ensure all aspects of this are addressed.”

Cleveland County investigators are actively working the investigation, but they have confidence the arrests made today are unrelated and mutually exclusive.

“We do not believe Haddox and Russell were engaged in the same activities,” said Cleveland LandCounty Detective Lt. Rick Adkins. “However, each was found to have violated both our policy and state statues by bringing contraband into our facility.”

Haddox, currently detained without bond in a local jail, is accused of bringing in nicotine pouches suspected to be laced with a controlled substance. Russell is accused of supplying cell phone access to inmates.

This investigation remains open, with detectives from the Cleveland County Sheriff's office actively progressing through the criminal inquiry. Additionally, Sheriff Amason has initiated an internal administrative investigation.

“My foremost objective, both currently and consistently, is to guarantee the safety and security of both my staff and the inmates at the detention center,” Amason said. “Swift and decisive action was taken in response to this situation, emphasizing my commitment to maintaining and securing the integrity of our facility. I have complete confidence in my investigators, and I am assured that this matter will be fully resolved.”

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