FIVE people, including three New Jersey inmates, were arrested in connection with a conspiracy to use children's colouring book pages to smuggle drugs into a county jail, WPVI-TV reported.
In mid-February, colouring book pictures painted an orange-yellow color began arriving at the Cape May County Correctional Facility. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the pictures were often addressed, "To Daddy".
Correctional officers had received a tip about a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into facility through the mail, and tests on the pictures revealed the orange-yellow substance was Suboxone, a drug used to wean addicts off opiates. The drug had been dissolved into a paste and painted onto the coloring book pages so inmates could lick the substance to get high.
Taking Suboxone without a doctor's direction can be dangerous.
"When it's first used, first being administered, you have to almost daily monitor that because it can cause breathing problems and death," Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer said, according to WPVI-TV.