Former Lieutenant in the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office Pleads Guilty to Stealing Drug Evidence
A former Mayes County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant pleaded guilty today to stealing methamphetamine that had officially been seized as evidence during multiple investigations, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.
Brett Alan Mull, 48, of Pryor, was convicted of tampering with or destruction of evidence and acquiring controlled, dangerous substances by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery or deception. U.S. District Chief Judge Gregory K. Frizzell accepted the plea. During his hearing, Mull admitted to removing evidence envelopes containing methamphetamine before it was booked into the property room during his time as supervisor of the narcotics unit. In the plea agreement, he further admitted to stealing the drug to support his methamphetamine addiction.
“Law enforcement officers should inspire trust and confidence in the communities they serve and protect,” said U.S. Attorney Shores. “Former Mayes County Deputy Brett Mull violated that trust when he abused his position to obtain and use methamphetamine that had been collected as evidence during drug investigations. Now he will face the consequences of his choices.”
Mull was originally charged in a Criminal Complaint filed in U.S. District Court on Oct. 11, 2018. According to the complaint, investigators discovered Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation evidence submittal envelopes during a search of his residence, on July 3, 2018. The envelopes appeared to have previously contained methamphetamine seized during Mayes County law enforcement operations. The complaint alleges that Mull admitted to officers that he had removed the evidence from the Criminal Investigations Unit, which he supervised, for his own personal use.
Mull remains on release pending his sentencing, scheduled for July 3, 2019.
The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan M. Roberts prosecuted the case