7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons
A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison.
Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of contraband into a correction facility, which is a third-degree felony charge. Deputies became suspicious after noticing a stain on a square of the Bible, which later proved to be heroin – enough to be broken up into 30 or 40 hits and distributed among the inmate population. The would-be smugglers now face up to five years in prison if convicted on the charge.
Smugglers Get Creative…and Busted
But while a Bible may seem like an extreme way to smuggle drugs into a jail, prisoners desperate to get a fix will try to get contraband in by any means necessary. Here are six other bizarre things which have been used to try and smuggle drugs into correctional facilities.
A baby with a balloon isn’t uncommon, but a baby with a balloon filled with 20 grams of pot is a totally different story. A woman attempted to use her infant to smuggle weed into a New Zealand prison in 2010, but the “sad and desperate” attempt was quickly thwarted.
Back in March 2011, relatives of three New Jersey inmates dissolved Suboxone into a paste, painted it into a coloring book and then mailed the “gift” to the prison. They even wrote “To Daddy” on the pages to make the book like harmless. But the prison was already well aware that drugs were being smuggled in coloring books. The book in question was seized upon arrival; both the prisoners and the family member faced charges.
Apparently, New Zealand prisoners will try to get drugs inside the facilities by any means necessary. Back in 2007, several instances occurred where prisoners got friends to hide drugs inside the bodies of dead birds, which would then be thrown over jail walls and into the exercise yards.
A Michigan woman by the name of Stacy Lynn Youngs pleaded guilty last August to concealing 80 prescription drugs inside her vagina and smuggling them into a correctional facility. An inmate reportedly overdosed on that very medication just two months later. Youngs accomplice, Kayci Jo Coombs, smuggled another 45 Xanax pills into the jail through alternate methods.
A Kentucky inmate died last August after allegedly overdosing on methadone-soaked underwear. Michael Jones, an inmate who was out of jail on a court-ordered furlough, was charged with murder after reportedly bringing a pair of underwear soaked in methadone back into the jail and handing out pieces of it to his cellmates.
A Florida woman was charged last October with smuggling drugs underneath the stamps affixed to the envelopes she mailed to the prison. Sarah Laurito sent her lover letters – letters that just so happened to contain Suboxone-laced stamps – which were worth far more than the normal postage fees. The boyfriend reportedly instructed her via coded phone conversations about how to send the drugs, but she confessed when confronted by jail officials.
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