NEWPORT (WATE) – Two former Cocke County Sheriff’s employees are accused of using their position to illegally obtain drugs.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the Cocke County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Shayelen Sheffers, 22, and Autumn Davis, 43, of Newport with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance in excess of 2,000 grams. The charges follow an investigation by TBI agents and the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office.
Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said Davis was employed as a nurse at the Cocke County Jail for 20 months and Scheffers was a full time corrections officers with the Cocke County Detention Center for nine months. TBI agents said their investigation revealed Davis and Scheffers worked together buy and sell oxycodone and hydrocodone pills.
“My staff and I received information concerning potential criminal activity potentially involving the jail nurse and other staff,” said Sheriff Fontes. “This is a very unfortunate situation which involves employees entrusted to do the right thing and yet they chose to be involved in criminal activity. We hold our employees to a high standard and work diligently to keep our inmates drug free.”
Davis was also charged with theft over $1,000 after the sheriff’s office said it was discovered she stole jail equipment. She’s being held on a $75,000 bond. Scheffers is being held on a $25,000 bond.