Apple Valley woman arrested at Calipatria Prison

Apple Valley woman arrested at Calipatria Prison

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – A woman suspected of smuggling heroin into Calipatria State Prison was arrested over the weekend.

Prison officials say, 25-year-old, Stephanie Nicole Martinez was approved to visit Jason Avila, who’s in prison for robbery.

During the visit officers noticed the two acting suspiciously and separated them.

During a search officers say they found four bindles on Avila. All bindles tested positive for heroin.

Martinez was arrested and booked into Imperial County Jail and is facing three to five years in prison if convicted of the felony charges.

Avila was placed into the prison’s Administration Segregation Unit which is a jail within the prison.

Officers say the drugs could have potentially sold for more than $19,000 inside the prison.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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