Most people use the Bible as a source of inspiration or as important religious guidelines, but one Massachusetts man used the good book for another reason. A Springfield man used the Bible as a way to hide his gun.
According to Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney, police were executing a search at Jimmie “Mook” James’ house on Wednesday night. James was suspected of involvement with drugs. Once police began searching the suspect’s home, they came across the Bible on the man’s nightstand. Nothing unusual about that, that is until they opened it.
An officer involved in Wednesday night’s search opened the Bible and found the pages cut, hollowing out a space for a “9mm Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun and a clip containing 10 rounds of ammunition,” says the Daily Mail.
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According to Sergeant Delaney as seen on WKRN, “Detective Kalish, who did not think Mook was a religious person, opened the Bible and discovered that the Good Book was actually a hiding spot for a Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun and clip that contained 10 rounds of ammo. Jimmie James took the time to hollow out the pages of the Bible to make a convenient spot for a firearm instead of actually reading it.”
A drug dealer in Massachusetts used a Bible to hide handgun. It didn’t work. He was arrested: http://t.co/EJ0qHGFUwK
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James’ home was originally searched because police suspected he was selling drugs out of the second-story apartment. The police “searched James’ home shortly before 9:30, after he came back from making a suspected drug run.”
A gun hidden in the Bible wasn’t the only thing that police found.
“Delaney says officers found cocaine packaged for sale, cash, scales, and a cutting agent.”
James has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, and improper storage of a firearm, apparently in the Bible isn’t a good idea. If that wasn’t enough, James was also arrested for traffic warrants.
The Massachusetts man was set to be arraigned on Thursday in District Court. Perhaps Jimmie “Mook” James wouldn’t be in so much trouble if he would have taken the time to read the Bible instead of using it as a hiding place for his gun.
[Photo Courtesy of Springfield Police Department Facebook]