Woman arrested for allegedly smuggling pot in prison

Woman arrested for allegedly smuggling pot in prison

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – A woman is behind bars after allegedly attempting to smuggle marijuana into Calipatria State Prison.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the incident happened Saturday.

The visiting staff on Facility “A” said they observed 34-year-old Martha Elena Ramirez of Moreno Valley, Calif. exiting the visitor’s restroom with an open bag of “Welch’s Fruit Snacks” in her shirt pocket.

Ramirez is an approved visitor of inmate Jose Ramirez, convicted of attempted second-degree murder. A subsequent consented search of the fruit snack bag revealed five latex colored bindles, containing a combined weight of 19.6 grams of suspected marijuana. The drugs have an estimated prison value of $4,900.

Officials said the evidence collected linked Ramirez to the crime and he was re-housed into the administration segregation unit. Ramirez was booked into the Imperial County Jail and is facing felony charges. If convicted Ramirez is facing three to five years in prison.


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