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Holy Smokes! Woman Arrested For Smuggling Marijuana in Bible

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

July 25, 2012 -

On July 22, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals, in two separate incidents, for attempting to introduce contraband into the Gadsden County Jail.

Rosalba Moreno was arrested after she dropped off a Bible with the binder filled with marijuana intended for delivery to a Gadsden County inmate. After Detention Deputies found the marijuana in the binder of the Bible, Moreno contacted the jail to ensure it was delivered to the intended inmate. Deputies told Moreno that there were several Bibles delivered and she should return to the jail to ensure he receives the correct Bible.

Moreno returned to the Gadsden County Jail and identified the Bible that contained the marijuana. After confirming she was placed under arrest and her vehicle was sniffed by Gadsden County K-9 Deputy Kris. A positive alert was given and Deputies searched
Moreno’s vehicle. A second Bible, that contained loose tobacco, was found with a former Gadsden County inmate name written inside. Gadsden County Jail staffed received an anonymous call about a week prior stating that a female name Rosa was smuggling contraband in the jail to several inmates. Deputies realized that she was the person named in the call after locating the second Bible.

Moreno was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to distribute, introduction of contraband into a detention facility, and conspiracy to introduce contraband into a detention facility with a $7500.00 bond.

On the same day Shelia Lewis, an employee at the Florida State Hospital, was also arrested after attempting to pass an inmate loose tobacco in a bag during a contact visit. Lewis was observed by staff passing the bag as she passed an infant to the inmate. Lewis was arrested on the spot and charged with introducing contraband into a
detention facility and received a $1000 bond. Lewis bonded out the following day.

Sheriff Morris A. Young states, “We are very concerned with the fact that someone would attempt to introduce contraband into our jail. Anyone who is caught will be immediately arrested and charged to the fullest extent of the law. Our detention employees will continue to inspect, monitor, and take action on anyone suspected of such activity.”


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