A Mississippi woman was arrested on charges that she used a Bible to smuggle methamphetamine into jail for an inmate awaiting transfer to prison, CBS News reported.
“We continuously search property that comes in, letters that come in, letters that go, out. It’s amazing, to the general public, of what you can find,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson to a local news station. “They used the Bible, thinking it would be an easier way to ship it in and wouldn’t be checked.”
Officials at the jail cut open the back cover of the Bible and inside reportedly found a powdery substance tucked away. A lab determined that the powder was a mixture of meth and an unknown substance, CBS reported.
Courtney Ford, 30, was charged with illegal drug possession and attempting to bring contraband into jail. She had been out on bond for other drug charges at the time of her arrest.
Ford had attempted to give the drugs to Stephen Jason Estes, who was facing transfer to a state prison and who asked about the Bible even before it was dropped off, according to Johnson.
Estes was convicted just last week on charges of drug trafficking and sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 34 years suspended, reported the AP.
Johnson is now pushing for the judge to reverse the suspended sentence for Estes.