(LINCOLN COUNTY, MO) – Sheriff Rick Harrell today announced the arrest of Lincoln County Corrections Officer Shayna Haynes, 29, of Silex, for allegedly delivering synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as K2, to an inmate within the jail.
The Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued charges on Haynes Count I Delivery of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana or Synthetic Cannabinoid, Count II Delivery or Possession of a Controlled Substance at County/Private Jail Except with written prescription, and Count III Delivery or Possession of a Controlled Substance at County/Private Jail Except with Written Prescription. Haynes is being held on a $100,000 cash only bond.
An investigation led by the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit revealed that Haynes, while working as a Corrections Officer, smuggled contraband into the Lincoln County Jail three times between December 2023 and January 2024. Haynes has worked at the Lincoln County jail for six months since June 2023.
In December, jail administrators uncovered inconsistencies while auditing body camera videos of staff interactions with inmates, which raised red flags. During the same period, jail staff reported observing behavior among inmates consistent with the use of controlled substances. In addition, jail administrators detected unusual money transfers within commissary accounts. When intelligence gathered pointed to Haynes as a person of interest, the investigation was turned over to the Special Investigations Unit. During questioning, Haynes admitted to smuggling controlled substances into the jail for monetary gain.
“All members of the Sheriff’s Office are rightly held to a high standard of conduct, and we have absolutely no tolerance for corruption.” Sheriff Harrell said. “If anyone fails to live up to those standards, they will face swift consequences.” Sheriff Rick Harrell emphasized the importance of recognizing the correctional officers who selflessly serve our community with honor and dedication. “Our correctional officers play a crucial role in our criminal justice system and are entrusted to maintain the safety and security of our jail. I’m disgusted by the criminal actions of this corrections officer, and I want to make it clear that I believe terminating her employment was simply not enough,” declared Sheriff Harrell. “Prosecution is not just a necessity; it’s a responsibility we owe to the community and the dedicated correctional officers who carry out their duties with honor. This incident demonstrates how members of the Sheriff’s Office hold each other accountable and reinforces our unwavering commitment to the values that define the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.”
As we move forward, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office remains steadfast in its dedication to transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement.
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