Visitors arrested at Calipatria State Prison

Visitors arrested at Calipatria State Prison

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – Two prison visitors were arrested after officers say they found drugs in the cars they drove into prison grounds in separate incidents.

Calipatria State Prison (CSP) officials say both arrests were made Saturday.

The first incident happened when Asahi Denise Paul, 24, drove up to the gate house officer, who notice a strong smell of marijuana coming from her car.


The Long Beach, California resident consented to a search of her person and car according to officers. There, they were able to find 14.3 grams of pot inside a red plastic container and one hand-rolled joint.


The second incident happened when Jasmine Sade Blount, 30, was visiting inmate, Izear Johnson, who is serving a prison sentence for robbery. Blount drove up to the prison grounds where the gate house officer noticed, once again, a strong smell of pot. Officers say they found 5.6 grams of ‘wax’, a concentrated form of marijuana, in two latex bindles inside Blount’s car.


Inmate Izaer Johnson

The evidence linked Blount and Johnson, who was placed in administrative segregation, according to CSP officials.

The contraband had an estimated prison value of almost $8,000.

Both women were booked into Imperial County Jail and could face three to five years in prison if convicted.


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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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