By Patti Weaver
  (Cushing, Okla.) — A 31-year-old Cushing man accused of smuggling methamphetamine into the Cimarron Correctional Facility while he was employed there on Sept.13 has been ordered to appear in court on Oct. 4 when he can seek a preliminary hearing on the felony charge.
    If convicted of carrying contraband into the Cushing private prison, Wesley Johnlee Weiesnbach could be incarcerated for one to five years and fined $100 to $1,000, according to the charge filed last week. Weiesnbach remains free on $2,000 bail, court records show.
    Weiesnbach was arrested at 6:41 pm on Sept. 13 at the prison by Cushing Police Officer Kurt McKean, who had been sent there about 50 minutes earlier on a report that an employee was introducing contraband into the facility, according to his affidavit.
    CCF lead investigator Greg Jones “advised he had been investigating Wesley, as he had previous knowledge Wesley was conspiring with CCF inmates to introduce contraband into the facility, namely methamphetamine.
    “Jones advised me he possessed numerous phone call recordings between Wesley and various inmates in reference to the introduction of contraband,” the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit filed last week.
    “Inv. Jones led me to his office and showed me three small water bottles which he seized from Wesley upon his entry into the facility. It appeared the water bottles were not sealed and the liquid contained within the bottles appeared to be slightly thicker than water…I suspected the substance to be methamphetamine in liquid form,” the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
    The Cushing officer performed a field test on a substance from one of the bottles that was presumptive positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged.
    In the warden’s office, “I asked Wesley what happened and he advised in August he formed a friendship with an inmate he only identified as ‘Roberts.’ Wesley advised he gave Roberts his person cell phone number on August 7 of 2021. Wesley advised Roberts and he spoke on the phone with regularity and Roberts convinced him to begin bringing items into the facility for the inmates,” the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
    “Wesley advised he traveled to Prague to pick up water bottles, red bull cans and two cans of nicotine to bring into the facility. Wesley initially advised me he did not know the individuals’ names he picked up the contraband from. At that time, I gave Wesley a sarcastic glare and he then told me the individuals were named Georgina and Heather, but did not know their last names,” the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
    “I asked him how much the inmates were paying him to bring in contraband, and he advised $500 for two trips. Wesley advised he successfully concealed one load of contraband and introduced it into the facility in the previous weeks. Wesley advised me he did not know what was in the bottles or the red bull cans,” but suspected it was illegal, the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
    “I placed him under arrest and transported him to the Cushing City Jail,” the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
    “Prior to leaving the facility, Inv. Jones provided me with a copy of Wesley’s written statement to CCF and advised he seized additional contraband from Wesley and intended on following up with me at a later time to give me the items,” including red bull cans suspected of containing additional illegal substance and nicotine, the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.