Wagoner County Sheriff Robert Colbert and Captain Jeff Gragg are accused of bribery and extortion. Both of them could face up to 25 years in jail.
A multi-county grand jury indicted Wagoner County Sheriff Robert Colbert and Captain Jeff Gragg on charges of bribery and extortion. They allegedly took bribes from drug dealers and let them go free. In 2014 they accepted a $10,000 bribe that secured the release of the motorist and passenger, who were arrested for possession of drugs, and removal of their names from the jail’s booking records. Now Colbert and Gragg could face up to 25 years in jail.
Colbert’s lawyer refuted the grand jury’s accusations that the money went missing.
“The funds are not missing and are accounted for,” he said.
“The sheriff’s office timely deposited every cent of this money in the county treasurer’s account as required by state law. This money was earmarked for fighting drug trafficking to help protect the citizens.”
The indictment can raise questions about the reasonability of changing Oklahoma’s civil asset forfeiture law.
We should stop thinking that bad cops are rare and start realizing how badly cops abuse their power. The cops get away with everything and the prosecutors and judges only encourage it. The court system is a joke.