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Drug Laced Coloring Book Used To Smuggle Drugs into N.J. Jail


CAPE MAY COUNTY, N.J. --“To Daddy, With drugs” --Using a drug laced coloring book page, Three inmates and two civilians were charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into a New Jersey jail authorities said Thursday.

Correction officers received information that the drug Suboxone used to treat heroin addiction was being channeled into the jail through inmate mail.

Suboxone (aka) Buprenophine itself classified as a controlled and dangerous substance, was dissolved into a paste and then painted into the coloring book, said Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer. Pages with "To Daddy" scribbled on top were sent to the prisoners at the jail in Cape May, New Jersey.

A mail room officer discovered the coloring book page in February. The page had an Orange substance blotted on it that looked similar to watercolor paint.

Schaffer, a 38-year law enforcement veteran said he’s “never seen anything like this.”

Investigators confiscated the page and sent it to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Laboratory for testing. The page tested positive for Suboxone.

Two other coloring book pages received through the mail also tested positive for the substance.

Charged in the case were prisoners Zachary Hirsch, Charles Markham and Paul Scipione. Also charged were Markham's mother, Debbie Longo, of West Wildwood, New Jersey, and Katelyn Mosbach, of Trevose, Pennsylvania, who was still being sought by police.

The New Jersey drug bust was the second one this month involving Suboxone smuggling behind bars.

Authorities at a prison in Carbon County, Pennsylvania earlier this month arrested 11 people in what they said was a scheme to hide the drug beneath postage stamps on letters mailed to inmates from family members.

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