TUPELO, Mississippi — They confused the good book for the feel good book.
A Mississippi woman has been arrested for trying to smuggle drugs to her inmate boyfriend hidden inside a bible, police said.
Courtney Ford, 30, got caught with methamphetamine stashed inside the cover of the good book as she came to visit her boyfriend, Stephen Estes, 41, at the Lee County Jail on March 16.
“We search every item that is brought into the jail, and the property officer noticed something wrong. There was a bulge in the back cover of the Bible,” Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson told the North Mississippi Daily Journal. “We cut it open and found a powdery substance.”
Cops determined the powder was meth and another substance that was sent to a lab for further testing.
Police say they think Estes was in on the act “because that day, he kept asking where his Bible was, even before she dropped it off,” Johnson said.
Ford was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and with trying to smuggle contraband into a correctional facility. She was previously out on bond for a prior possession charge and was held on $75,000 bond on the new charges.
Estes had been convicted just a week earlier of trafficking more than 30 grams of meth and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, although 34 of them were suspended. He was in the county lock up awaiting transport to a state prison.
“We hope to carry him back before the judge to have his sentence reconsidered,” Johnson said. “The judge could reinstate the 34 years and make him serve all 40 years.”