Gonzalez allegedly tried to smuggle drugs to her fiance in JWC jail

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

A woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after attempting to pass narcotics hidden in a King James Version of the Bible, sheriff officials said.

Gina Eloisa Gonzalez, 27, who resides at 129 Salazar Apartments in San Diego, was arrested Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and was charged with possessing a prohibited substance in a correctional facility. The charge is a state felony, sheriff officials said.

"On Saturday, prior to visitation, this lady brought in a Bible, but the last thing I would think that people would (tamper) with is the Bible," said Capt. Sandra Salas, jail administrator. "Our job is to inspect everything and we located two marijuana (joints) and one cigarette, matches and 20 white pills."

Salas said that Gonzalez had three children, ages 3, 5 and 7 with her at the time of her arrest. The children were released to their grandfather.

Salas said that the pills were sent to the Department of Public Safety lab to determine what the pills are.

"We believe (the pills) to be narcotics," Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez said.

According to sheriff officials, Gonzalez was planning on passing the Bible with the drugs to her fiance, who is currently in the jail. Salas said that occasionally family members will bring a personal Bible to their loved ones in jail. The King James Bible's burgundy cover was tampered with and the bonded part of the book was removed to store the drugs and then taped back, Salas said. She said the book was sealed in a plastic that seemed to be melted.

"It didn't get past the security part of the jail because the officer noticed something different about the Bible and that was what alerted the officer to check," Salas said.

Salas said that "visitations are not a right, but a privilege."

Gonzalez was released on a $2,000 bond Saturday evening.

Lopez said that anyone wanting to bring illegal substances inside the jail would be prosecuted to the fullest.

"I congratulate the correctional officer for doing a good job and we will continue to do a good job," Lopez said. "And we will not tolerate anything to come into the jail and we will file on them."