by: Kendrick Marshall
Charges were filed against a Tulsa police officer who was recently jailed following his alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
Tyrone Jenkins, 40, is charged with two counts of receiving a bribe, a single count of attempt to deliver cocaine and two computer crime counts, according to Tulsa County District Court filings.
Jenkins, who works as a patrol officer in the Riverside Division, was arrested March 17 following a sting operation by the Tulsa Police Department that found revealed he took $3,100 in bribes.
He was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, conspiring to traffic cocaine and violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act, jail records show.
“The circumstances of charging a law enforcement officer who is sworn to uphold the law is disappointing on many levels,” said Tulsa County District Attorney Doug Drummond. “But at the same time, whether a person is a law enforcement officer or not, he must be held accountable under the law.”
Investigators accused Jenkins of receiving payments of $2,300 on March 4 and $800 on March 17 in exchange for confidential information he agreed to provide to an undercover officer, Drummond said.
Jenkins is also accused of using his city-owned computer to access the confidential information.
Each bribery charge carries up to 10 years in prison. Each violation of the computer crimes act also has a 10-year prison sentence. Drug charges could carry a maximum of 22 years in prison.
TPD records indicate that Jenkins was hired in January 1996.