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Drugs in prayer card with Jesus’ image mailed to inmate

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections discovered orange strips of the drug Suboxone sandwiched inside a prayer card that had been repurposed to smuggle drugs into the MCI-Concord facility. (Massachusetts Department of Corrections)

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections discovered orange strips of the drug Suboxone sandwiched inside a prayer card that had been repurposed to smuggle drugs into the MCI-Concord facility. (Massachusetts Department of Corrections)

CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Prison officials in Massachusetts say someone tried to send drugs to an inmate by mailing a laminated prayer card that contained wafer-thin strips of a prescription narcotic.

The Boston Globe reports that the state Department of Corrections discovered orange strips of Suboxone sandwiched inside the card, which featured an illustration of Jesus Christ and offered a prayer of comfort.

The card containing more than a dozen strips of the drug was mailed to an inmate housed at the state’s medium-security prison in Concord.

Authorities say the discovery was made Tuesday as guards were sifting through a prisoner’s mail.

Corrections spokesman Chris Fallon says Suboxone is in demand and inmates are “always coming up with creative ways” to obtain it.

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