A Payne County Sheriff’s deputy has been suspended indefinitely with pay by Sheriff Carl Hiner.

Brooke Buchanan, 44, is being investigated by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. Law enforcement officers declined to provide details of the investigation.

Buchanan has been a Payne County deputy for 13 years and spent many of those years on the District 9 Drug Task Force.

On Aug. 25, the OBN notified Hiner about the investigation and a potential case against Buchanan.

As a result of that meeting, Rob Hudson, Payne County district attorney, met with Oklahoma Attorney Drew Edmondson and spoke about having the case moved to a different county due to potential conflicts.

“Buchanan has brought our offices a ton of drug cases over the years, and although he has not been on my drug task force for about a year, to avoid any appearance of impropriety, I needed to refuse this case to avoid any conflict with our office,” said Hudson. “This is done quite often and is not unusual for cases to be conflicted-out to another county.”

As the district attorney, Hudson leads the drug task force.

The screening and possible prosecution of this case is being handled by Larry Stuart, district attorney for Pawnee and Osage counties.

He said it could be several weeks before a decision is made on whether to file charges against Buchanan.

“This is normal procedure and no special treatment is being given to Buchanan,” said Stuart.

Mark Woodward, spokesperson for the OBN, would not release details of the potential charges since the investigation is ongoing, nor would the sheriff’s office.

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