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More than the Word of God

It’s a sad commentary when the Bible is used to smuggle drugs, but apparently, that’s just what happened last week here in South Carolina. Shareca Jones was arrested for sending a hollowed out bible to Lieber Correction Institution in Ridgeville.

The reason she was caught was that the package wasn’t delivered. Instead, it was returned to a local business. Presumably, Ms. Jones used a false return address. When it arrived, the owners opened the package to find a Bible containing knives, drugs and a cell phone.

Police were able to connect the package to Ms. Jones and when arrested she was caught with a gun, some prescription medications and marijuana. This puts her touching all the popular illegal substances – the Bible had ecstasy and cocaine in it.

The article, in the Harold Online, didn’t mention a charge of using the mails to send illegal material – that’s a felony right there. This might be because they couldn’t put the package in her hands or because she didn’t use the postal system.

Hollowing out a Bible is an old, black and white movie cliché, but here in the South, home of Bob Jones University, we respect our Bibles, so it may have been worth a shot. Interestingly, prisoners who want to get the holy text can have a free copy sent to them through their prison chaplain.

The presence of a cell phone is a twist as well. Having one in prison connects prisoners, and especially gang members, with the outside – allowing them to take care of criminal business, even while locked away. Ms. Jones is out on bond and there’s no word yet if she will change status from sending contraband to needing it while in prison herself.


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