Drugs concealed in Bible delivered to jail, sheriff says – Arkansas News

Drugs concealed in Bible delivered to jail, sheriff says – Arkansas News

JOSH DOOLEY, jdooley@baxterbulletin.com
Published 10:49 a.m. CT Aug. 9, 2017 | Updated 10:52 a.m. CT Aug. 9, 2017

While “Thou shall not conceal drugs in a Bible and try to sneak it into the jail,” is not a commandment, it’s probably a good rule to live by, as three suspects have recently learned.

According to a news release from Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, three people have been charged conspiracy to furnish prohibited articles for allegedly concealing methamphetamine, marijuana and tobacco in the binding of a bible.

Cynthia “Cindy” Marie Piatt, 28, of Midway, Mikel Blaine Short, 45, of Midway, and Kevin Eugene Burch, were all charged in connection with the alleged conspiracy.

Burch allegedly went to the jail on Aug. 1 and delivered a Bible for Short, who was already in jail awaiting bed space in the state prison system.

A jail supervisor inspected the Bible. Inside the binding of the book, the supervisor reportedly found vacuum sealed bags containing meth, marijuana and tobacco. While tobacco is not illegal, jail inmates are not allowed to possess it and can be charged with a crime should they be found to have tobacco.

Once the drugs were found, an investigation was initiated. That investigation led authorities to accuse the trio of conspiring to purchase the Bible, conceal the drugs and have Burch deliver them to jail for Short.

After obtaining warrants the arrest of the suspects, investigators went to a Midway home on Baxter County Road 508 where they found and arrested Piatt.

As authorities awaited an individual to come watch Piatt’s children,…

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