CAPE MAY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Five people face charges of trying to smuggle a narcotic substance into Cape May County Correctional Center in an unusual method: as paint in children’s coloring books.
The pages of the books feature Disney characters and some have “To Daddy” scrawled atop the page in haphazard children’s writing. Large areas of the images appear to be saturated in an orange color. The pages were sent via inmate mail.
Cape May County Sheriff told the Press Of Atlantic City the orange color is apparently made of Suboxone, a prescription drug. According the allegations, the Suboxone was converted into a paste. The paste was then painted into the coloring book images.
Suboxone is used to treat opioid addiction.
“In my 38 years of law enforcement, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Schaffer told the Press.
Inmates Zachary Hirsch and Charles Scipione were charged with conspiracy. Former inmate Paul Scipione, who was recently transferred, also faced charges.
Debbie Longo of West Wildwood and Katelyn Mosebach of Trevose, Pa. also face charges of intent to distribute a controlled substance.
The unusual smuggling technique was apparently brought to light after a prison guard received a tip from an inmate.
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