Authorities in Georgia say two inmates who are cousins used their grandmother’s casket to smuggle marijuana and other contraband into prison.
Nekoase Antwan Vinson, 30, and Henry Ison Rouse, 27, are accused of secreting marijuana, tobacco, a lighter and a cellphone into Bibb County Jail after their 74-year-old grandmother’s funeral.
Vinson has been jailed since July 28 on an undisclosed FBI matter. Rouse was locked up July 4 on several charges including obstruction and involvement in a street gang, the New York Daily News reported.
Emma Mae Faulk’s wake was held in Macon on Thursday and the pair were escorted by prison officers. At one point they were briefly left alone by the casket.
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"This incident illustrates the audacity of this generation of jail inmates," Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told Macon.com. "To use the body of a deceased grandmother to hide drugs and other contraband is wicked."
Authorities are investigating to find out if anyone else was involved in the crime.
"We're tracing the family tree right now," Davis said.
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Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Ben Dibble, Bibb County Jail