Bibles used to smuggle controlled substance into Shelby County

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Several people have been arrested for stuffing bibles with a controlled substance, then sneaking the drug into the Shelby County Correctional Facility.

Officers alerted the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force after a bible containing hidden suboxone was discovered within the facility. The medication is used to treat heroin and other opiate addictions.

PHOTOS: Six arrested for smuggling drugs in Bibles

Investigators discovered several bibles were used to smuggle the drug in to their facility in November and December of 2013. Five men have been charged this week with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to promote prison contraband. Three of the men are still being held at the Shelby County Jail, two others have bonded out.

The SCDETF investigation began January 2, 2014, and concluded in March, when arrest warrants were signed for all 11 suspects.

The six that have been arrested are:

Charles Robert Caldwell, 33, of Calera: He has been charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. Caldwell is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.

Altonius Donnel Mason, 20, of Birmingham: He was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. Mason was released from the Shelby County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

Larry Brian Morris, 37, of Wilsonville: He was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. Morris is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.

Larry Keith Morris, 56, of Shelby: He was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. Morris was released from the Shelby County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

Jacob Kenneth Mykicz, 25, of Homewood: He was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. Mykicz is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.

Quran Elijah Wilson, 20, of Hoover: He was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. Wilson is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.

In a press release sent out by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Kevin Turner, Task Force Commander, stated, “Drug addicts will go to any extreme to get drugs and will manipulate loved ones in order to get what they want. In this particular instance, the suspects persuaded other people to use Bibles as a means of delivering their drugs into a correctional facility. Since this incident, the facility has changed its policy and no longer allows outside books to be delivered to inmates. The Shelby County Correctional Facility has a zero tolerance policy for contraband, and those who violate the policy will be prosecuted.”

Arrest warrants are pending on five other suspects.

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