Two people are accused of trying to smuggle heroin into the Hamilton County Justice Center in a Bible.
Chief Deputy Mark Schoonover says the Bible was sent to the jail in mid December, and like all mail, it was searched.
A Sheriff’s K-9 indicated the presence of narcotics on the Bible; and deputies took a closer look. On page 419 and 420, in the Book of Daniel, they noticed a light brown stain, about the size of a half dollar.
Schoonover says deputies cut a small piece of the page out and had it tested. The results of the test were positive for heroin.
The United States has been waging the War on Drugs for more than 40 years, spending an estimated $1 trillion during that time. Many wonder if it’s time to re-think how we fight drug abuse and the criminal enterprise that surrounds and fosters it, through a system of substance regulation and control.
The local heroin crisis has rightfully received a lot of attention, but alcohol is still the most-abused drug in the U.S. It wrecks lives, devastates families, and is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths each year among those under the age of 21.