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Smuggling at the Sherrif’s Department

On October 9, 2013, the Sheriff’s Office received information alleging a Detention Deputy had been smuggling contraband and giving preferential treatment to certain inmates. The Sheriff’s office began an internal investigation and criminal investigation into the allegations on the same date.

Detention Deputy Celeste Wagoner was interviewed on October 9th concerning the allegation of smuggling contraband to inmates. During this interview, she confessed to bringing contraband (cigarettes) into the detention center and giving them to inmates. She also admitted to developing a friendship with an inmate and having in her possession an inappropriate photo of that inmate.

As a result of the investigation, a warrant was issued for Wagoner’s arrest, for furnishing prohibited articles, a class B felony. Wagoner was arrested on October 15, 2013, and release on a $5,000.00 legally sufficient bond on the same date. She was arraigned in Sebastian County Circuit Court on October 23, 2013.

An internal investigation conducted at the same time determined that two other Detention Center employees violated Sheriff’s Office policy. A Detention Center Sergeant resigned during the investigation and a Detention Center Deputy was disciplined for policy violations.