Woman accused of smuggling drugs to inmate in a Bible

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WTVD) -- The Good Book proved a bad place to smuggle contraband to an inmate, as a Gaston County woman found out.

Frances Lynn Ashe Melton, 54, of Lowell, was arrested Wednesday and charged on one felony count of providing drugs to an inmate and one misdemeanor count of providing a tobacco product to an inmate, wsoctv.com reported.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Captain Tim Johnson said a Bible was brought to the Detention Center for inmate Brandon Jackson Kirby, 34 in the name of another inmate.

Detention officer Jonathan Hawkins searched and examined the Bible and found that portions of the book had been glued together to conceal items. Hawkins found tobacco products packed in individual coffee packets and also found Suboxone, a Schedule III narcotic tucked away in the Bible.

Melton, the inmate's mother was placed under a $3,000 secured bond. Her first court appearance is Thursday in Lincoln County District Court.

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