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Former Oklahoma prison employee searched in smuggling ring

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Razor wire is pictured at North Fork Correctional Center Thursday, June 23, 2016. [THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]
Razor wire is pictured at North Fork Correctional Center Thursday, June 23, 2016. [THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

A former state prison employee is under investigation for allegedly bringing drugs and contraband to inmates at North Fork Correctional Center.

Amanda Monet Henderson, 35, has been named in an Oklahoma Department of Corrections inquiry into the flow of marijuana, Percocet, Xanax and cigarettes into the Sayre prison facility. Henderson, of Midwest City, was employed as a patient care assistant from Dec. 27 to Feb. 13.

Prison records show Henderson’s cellphone was contacted 255 times by three inmate telephone accounts between May 18 and Dec. 17, according to the affidavit. Donald R. Hudson was the first inmate to contact Henderson and is reportedly in a romantic relationship with her.

A cellphone seized from Hudson’s cell Feb. 14 showed he instructed Henderson to buy and sell narcotics on the street and smuggle drugs into the prison, according to the affidavit. The operation reportedly involved several inmates and people outside of the jail.

A Corrections Department investigator obtained warrants last week to search Henderson’s residence and two vehicles she has been known to use. An investigation into Henderson began after 5 ounces of marijuana were found inside the prison medical unit, according to a search warrant affidavit.

From Nov. 2, 2017, to Feb. 11, 2019, Henderson filled 13 Xanax prescriptions with 45 pills each, investigators reported.

Throughout their conversations, Henderson and Hudson used terms referring to illegal narcotics, including phrases for marijuana, ecstasy and pain pills, according to the affidavit. They reportedly texted each other numerical accounts and card numbers for drug transactions.

They also discussed making packs of tobacco and drugs to bring into the prison, investigators reported. These contraband packs would have different colors of tape to specify who would receive the packages.

A search of Henderson’s home revealed a green and “greenish purple” leafy substance in mason jars and in a vacuum-sealed bag, according to the affidavit. An investigator reported finding a prescription for anti-anxiety medication and materials potentially used for making contraband packs, such as plastic wrap and electrical tape.

Court records show no criminal history for Henderson.

Nuria Martinez-Keel

Nuria Martinez-Keel joined The Oklahoman as a court reporter in 2019. She found a home at the newspaper while interning in summer 2016 and 2017. Nuria returned to The Oklahoman for a third time after working a year and a half at the Sedalia... Read more ›

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