Sheriff: Fake pastor carrying drug-filled Bible visited jail

James A. Morman III (left) and Bryson Brown (right).
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LAURINBURG, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man posing as a pastor tried to smuggle drugs into a North Carolina jail by hiding them in a Bible.

News outlets cite a Facebook post from the Scotland County Detective Division that says 28-year-old James A. Morman III visited the Scotland County jail on Dec. 31 in the guise of a minister.

A search of the Bible he toted revealed Suboxone strips inside.

Authorities then conducted a sweep of the entire detention facility, and a number of illegal substances and contraband were located. It's unclear whether Morman had visited the jail before with other drug-filled Bibles.

Morman and jail inmate Bryson Brown have been charged with "the possession of a controlled substance pursuant to North Carolina Controlled Substance Act, in addition to charged with carrying contraband within a detention facility in the state of North Carolina" in connection with the operation. Authorities say additional charges are expected.

It's unclear whether they have lawyers to speak for them.

According to the NC Department of Public Safety's website, Morman has previous convictions for assault inflicting serious bodily injury and common law robbery. He has served time at Scotland Correctional Institution.