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Suspicious Bible reveals prison contraband in Hancock County

(Left to right) Michelle Khoury, Nicholas Knopp, Rodney Moody (Photo source: Hancock Co. Sheriff's Dept.) (Left to right) Michelle Khoury, Nicholas Knopp, Rodney Moody (Photo source: Hancock Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A Picayune woman and several inmates are accused of distributing contraband at the Hancock County Adult Detention Center.

While on duty at the detention center, Sergeant Brad Esteve noticed an inmate trying to walk back to the living area before he was supposed to. Esteve questioned the man and noticed something suspicious about the Bible he was carrying.

An inspection of the holy book led to two inmates being charged with introduction of contraband or conspiracy to introduce contraband to a correctional facility.

It's a felony charge, and Nicholas Knopp, 29, of Bay St. Louis, and Rodney Moody, 41, of Hattiesburg, each face a mandatory six year sentence, if found guilty.

Michelle Khoury, 26, of Picayune was also arrested. She's accused of dropping contraband in several places for inmate workers to pick up and deliver to the facility.  

The warden told WLOX News several others are still under investigation.

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