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Woman Arrested After Trying to Give Inmate Bible

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By Eric White

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - A Maury County woman faces criminal charges after trying to give a Bible to a Maury County Jail inmate.

Martina Mcgee was arrested on December 12.

Maury County Sheriff's Detective Jerry Williams said Mcgee inserted illegal prescription drug pills and tobacco in the Bible's binding.

Williams said an observant corrections officer caught the crime before the Bible was passed along to inmate Clifton Benderman.

"One of the corrections officers noticed the Bible felt strange," said Williams. "The ends were glued, but they could feel things in it."

Detectives charged Mcgee with Introduction of Contraband Into a Penal System and Criminal Impersonation.

Detective Williams said Mcgee also signed a false name when handing the items to jail officials.

"This is not at all surprising," said Maury County Jail Chaplain Jeff Boggs. "All it takes is finding one Bible that's packed full of tobacco, weed, pills, whatever, and you never look at a Bible the same."

Boggs said inmates often use Bibles to try and hide contraband.

Martina Mcgee was released from the Maury County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

email: ewhite@newschannel5.com

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