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Jailers find meth in Bible

Harvey LeBlanc Jr. (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office) Harvey LeBlanc Jr. (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Melissa A. Lennox Melissa A. Lennox
Nikki C. Rushing Nikki C. Rushing

LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) - Three people face drug charges after corrections officers found meth in a Bible that was meant for a prisoner.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said Melissa Lennox, 28, of Walker delivered the Bible for Harvey LeBlanc, 30, of Walker early Wednesday morning. They said Lennox got the Bible with the drugs in it from Nikki Rushing, 35, of Denham Springs.

"You're obviously playing with fire," said Jason Ard with the sheriff's office. "I don't know what kind of person would use a Bible to smuggle in drugs."

Deputies reported Lennox showed up at the jail and gave a fake name when she dropped off the package. LeBlanc is in jail at the Livingston Parish Detention Center on various charges, including creation of a meth lab. He has been in jail since October 2009. Investigators said Rushing admitted to giving the Bible with drugs to Lennox.

"It's common for us to allow things such as Bibles and certain items that are approved into our facility," Ard added.

Deputies said after delivering the Bible, Lennox left. When they did a close inspection of the book, guards found a pouch of meth in the leather binding. The investigation into the drug-laced Bible is ongoing because according to Ard, there is information that the group may have gotten a Bible past guards.

LeBlanc was charged with attempting to enter contraband into a penal institution and attempted possession of meth. His bond was set at $75,000. Lennox was charged with entering contraband into a penal institution. Her bond was set at $25,000. Rushing was charged with principal to entering contraband into a penal institution. Her bond was set at $25,000.

As of Tuesday morning, all three were still in jail.


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