Bible held drugs, county of­fi­cials say

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - JIL­LIAN KREMER

Two peo­ple are ac­cused of try­ing to smug­gle drugs to a Bax­ter County jail in­mate us­ing a Bible, au­thor­i­ties said.

In a news re­lease, the Bax­ter County sher­iff’s of­fice said a man went to the county jail Aug. 1 to de­liver the book to Mikel Blaine Short, 45. The Bible was taken by a jail su­per­vi­sor, who re­port­edly found drugs, in­clud­ing sus­pected metham­phetamine, mar­i­juana and to­bacco in­side the bind­ing in vac­uum-sealed bags.

Us­ing video from the jail, au­thor­i­ties iden­ti­fied the man who took the Bible to the jail as Kevin Eu­gene Burch, 31, the re­lease said. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that Burch and Short planned the crime with a third per­son, 28-yearold Cyn­thia Marie Pi­att, the sher­iff’s of­fice said.

Pi­att was ar­rested Tues­day at a home on Bax­ter County Road 508, au­thor­i­ties said. While in­ves­ti­ga­tors were at her home, she re­port­edly gave 25.1 grams of meth to a 17-year-old girl to hide, but the hand­off was dis­cov­ered and the drugs were seized.

Pi­att was booked into the Bax­ter County jail Tues­day af­ter­noon and faces mul­ti­ple charges, in­clud­ing fur­nish­ing pro­hib­ited ar­ti­cles, two counts of delivery of metham­phetamine, con­spir­acy to fur­nish pro­hib­ited ar­ti­cles and un­law­ful use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­vice. She is be­ing held in lieu of $75,000 bond and is to ap­pear in court to­day.

Short, who was be­ing held at the jail while space opened up at the Arkansas Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tion, now faces ad­di­tional charges of con­spir­acy to fur­nish pro­hib­ited ar­ti­cles and un­law­ful use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­vice. He also has a court ap­pear­ance set for to­day.

The news re­lease said Burch, who has been booked into the Bax­ter County jail 20 times since 2004, re­mained at large Wed­nes­day.

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