Former Mayes County Deputy Sheriff Surrenders to Authorities for Stealing Drug Evidence
Former Mayes County Deputy Sheriff Brett Mull, 47, of Pryor, surrendered to the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office on Monday in response to a Criminal Complaint filed in U.S. District Court alleging he misused his position to obtain methamphetamine that had been collected as evidence during drug investigations.
Mull was charged with tampering or obstruction of an official investigation or proceeding. 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.
“This case demonstrates the destructive lure of methamphetamine,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “More importantly, Mr. Mull has allegedly violated the public’s trust and abused his position as a deputy sheriff. Those serving in law enforcement must maintain a justice system that fosters trust among the people of this nation who count on these men and women. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will seek to hold Mr. Mull accountable in a court of law.”
This matter will proceed in United States District Court in Tulsa, where the Criminal Complaint is currently pending. A Criminal Complaint is a temporary charge alleging a violation of law. For the case to proceed to trial, the United States must present the charge to a federal Grand Jury within 30 days. Once a Grand Jury returns an Indictment, a defendant has a right to a jury trial at which the United States would have the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.