Another visitor arrested at prison

Another visitor arrested at prison

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – A woman was arrested after prison guards found marijuana in the car she drove to Calipatria State Prison.

Officers say Deja Raybniece Washington, 27, an Inglewood resident was at the prison as a visitor, when the Gate House officer noticed a strong smell of pot coming from her car.

Washington consented to a search of her person and car where officers say they found a green plastic bag with 10.5 grams of marijuana and one hand-rolled cigarette. The drugs could have sold for more than $2,600 inside prison walls, according to prison officials.

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Washington was arrested and booked into Imperial County Jail and is facing felony charges. If she’s convicted she could be sentenced to three to five years in 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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