COLUMBIANA, Ala. Authorities say 11 people are charged in a scheme to use Bibles to smuggle drugs into an Alabama jail.
Shelby County sheriff's officials said Friday six people are in custody, and they have arrest warrants for five other suspects.
The six people in custody are all men from the Birmingham metro area, where Shelby County is.
A statement says officers found the opiate drug Suboxone hidden in a Bible inside the Shelby County jail in Columbiana.
A subsequent investigation showed many Bibles were used for drug smuggling during November and December of last year.
The commander of the county drug task force, Lt. Kevin Turner, says suspects persuaded others to use Bibles to smuggle drugs.
He says the jail no longer lets prisoners receive outside books.