Fake Pastor Caught Smuggling Drug-Laced Bibles Into North Carolina Jail


A North Carolina man who has been posing as a pastor has just been arrested for smuggling drugs via laced bibles into the Scotland County Jail (about an hour and a half South East of Charlotte).

According to the Scotland County Sheriff’s office, 28-year-old James Mormon was arrested for “(1) felony possession of controlled substance within a prison or detention facility, (2) Felony delivery of a controlled substance to an inmate, controlled substance schedule III, and (3) misdemeanor simple possession of schedule III”.

The sheriff’s office posted details about the arrest and charges on their Facebook page on New Year’s day.

According to the post, “On Monday, December 31, 2018, the Scotland County Narcotics Investigator in conjunction with the Scotland County Detention Facility, conducted an undercover operation within the detention facility. Upon investigation, suspicions of an individual smuggling illegal substances was believed to be occurring. It was believed that a male subject, identified as, James A. Morman III, was posing as a “pastor” and using bibles to smuggle said contraband and it’s substances into the detention facility.”

Soon after the incident, Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kernsey posted a rather sarcastic response to the arrest;

The post also notes that what was discovered in the bibles was Suboxone Strips. Suboxone (Buprenorphine and Naloxone) is a prescription opioid-derived drug that was first produced to help those who were addicted to more severe opioids.

According to the NC Department of Public Safety’s website, Morman has served time at the Scotland Correctional Institution in the past for an assault and robbery conviction.