A single page of this bible contained a lethal dose of heroin, according to Officer Schoonover. (FOX19)
The stain that first caught an officer's eye was about the size of half of a dollar bill, Schoonover says. Testing required they cut a hole in the page. (FOX19)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -
A woman has been charged for allegedly lacing a bible with heroin and mailing it to an inmate at the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Tehani Teepe, 39, and inmate Timothy King, 28, are both facing charges of illegal conveyance into an institution for the incident.
A single page of the bible contained what Chief Deputy Mark Schoonover called a lethal dose of heroin.
A drug detecting dog first alerted an officer of the package during a standard protocol mail search.
“It really didn't look out of the ordinary, there was nothing else in the bible at all except one little stain on one page,” said Schoonover.
Jail officials sent the bible to the coroner for tests that determined the brown small stain contained heroin, according to Schoonover.
“In all probability it would have killed him because that would have been a lethal overdose,” Schoonover said Friday at a press conference.
The bust comes in light of a recent crackdown on drugs inside the Hamilton County Justice Center following an inmate's heroin overdose death last year. Officials said it was unclear how that heroin ended up in the jail.
Sheriff Jim Neil has since mandated extra deputies at the jail intake, random drug searches and use of a body scanning machine.
“Had the officer not been as diligent as he was in finding these drugs and the inmate would have gotten this delivered to him,” said Schoonover.
King has since been transferred to the Butler County Jail.