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Prison Inmates Smuggle Drugs Via Coloring Books

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on March 30, 2011 6:48 AM

Which is not like the other?

Coloring books, drugs, and prison inmates.

If you're thinking coloring books, you'd be right. But you'd also be wrong.

Coloring books, drugs, and prison inmates have everything to do with one another, as three inmates at New Jersey's Cape May County Correctional Center, along with two women, were just charged for attempting to smuggle drugs into the prison via coloring books.

Based on a tip, prison officials began to monitor inmate mail last month for any sign of Suboxone, a controlled narcotic that is sold in pill and film form, reports NBC. Their vigilance paid off when monitors encountered coloring book pages painted with an orange substance.

The substance turned out to be Suboxone, ground into a paste.

An investigation would show that two women repeatedly sent the inmates pages from coloring books--drugs painted over the images, and scribbled with the words "To Daddy." Pictures of Cinderella were the perfect cover up.

The inmates receiving the drugged-up coloring books have been charged with conspiracy and attempt to distribute drugs according to NBC. The women who manufactured the drug paint are to be charged with intent to distribute a controlled substance, though officers are having a difficult time locating one of them.

Even though all parties participated in this scheme, the inmates are only being charged with conspiracy and attempt. The likely reason for this is that investigators never found Suboxone in the inmates' cells, nor did they find proof that they had previously sold the drug. In other words, they only planned to commit the crime, but failed to follow through.

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