Jesus greeting card sent to prisoner was full of drugs

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  Oct. 16, 2017 at 11:16 AM
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Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Massachusetts Department of Corrections shared photos of a Jesus-themed greeting card that was used in an unsuccessful attempt to smuggle drugs into a prison.

The department posted photos on its Facebook page showing the laminated card, which bears the image of Jesus Christ and the promise of "a prayer for comfort," as well as the orange strips of narcotic Suboxone concealed inside the greeting.

Corrections officials said the card has been sent to an inmate at the medium-security Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Concord, more commonly known as MCI-Concord.

"If you've ever wondered how inmates smuggle in drugs to prison, here is yet another way that officers at MCI Concord discovered. These strips sell for up to $100 each in prison. They are usually cut up into smaller pieces and sold. These are Suboxone strips," the Facebook post said.

The department said the card was seized from the incoming mail Oct. 10.

Chris Fallon, assistant deputy commissioner of communications for the department, said Suboxone, a narcotic painkiller prescribed to treat opiate addiction, is one of the most commonly smuggled drugs in Massachusetts prisons.

"We recently had a racquetball thrown over the wall at one of our prisons and it was loaded with it," Fallon told the Boston Globe. "Every time we find out how they're bringing it in, they come up with new methods."

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