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Mom Arrested for Using a Bible to Smuggle Drugs to Son in Jail

05-Jun-2015

Some moms will do anything for their little bundles of joy--even when those little bundles are full-grown men sitting in jail awaiting the outcome of their drug distribution cases. 

An Oklahoma mother has been arrested and jailed on $100,000 bond after Oklahoma County Jail officials say she tried to smuggle drugs to her son in jail. The drugs were allegedly hidden inside the binding of a Bible.

Ilona Michelle McChesney, 62, is accused of hiding drugs inside the binding of a Bible, and then mailing it to her son, Tyron Lance Baker, at the Oklahoma County Jail. Jail officials discovered the drugs before they reached Baker, who is jailed on multiple felony drug charges. A local news report says that the controlled substance found in the Bible was marijuana, but Oklahoma County court records show that McChesney is charged with distribution of methamphetamine. 

Apparently, this case takes co-dependency and enabling to a whole new level: one of McChesney's other sons says his mother was only trying to "help" the jailed son. Jacob Baker told reporters that his brother wanted to sell the drugs to other inmates to make a "little bit of extra money" to get better food at the jail commissary. When asked if he tried to talk his mother out of sending drugs and tobacco to Tyron in prison, Jacob says he "supported" her.

Instead of getting a little extra money for her son, McChesney simply got extra charges for him. Both mother and son are charged with felony counts of use of a surveillance camera in the commission of a felony and possession of meth with intent to distribute.

Tyron Baker is currently jailed pending several cases involving multiple felony charges, including drug trafficking. Complaints against the defendant include the following:

  • 1 count of possession of CDS with intent to distribute
  • 17 counts of possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony
  • 2 counts of possession of a sawed-off shotgun
  • 2 counts of possession of drug proceeds
  • 2 counts of trafficking in illegal drugs
  • 2 counts of use of a surveillance camera in the commission of a felony

His record of meth distribution dates back to 2004. His criminal record includes multiple convictions for meth possession and drug distribution as well as convictions for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Because of his prior drug convictions and the severity of drug laws in Oklahoma, he is facing life in prison if convicted. 

Jacob Baker told a news reporter that his brother knew their mother "couldn't say no to us." Perhaps is if she could, neither mother nor son would be in their respective messes.



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