Four women arrested at Calipat prison

Four women arrested at Calipat prison

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – Four women visiting Calipatria State Prison were arrested in three separate incidents throughout Saturday.

Prison officials say the first incident happened after they noticed Tamarrah Jeanniece James looked nervous as she refused to make eye contact.

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The 30-year-old continued to get more nervous as officers questioned her. Officers say the Victorville resident consented to a search of her person and car where they found 0.97 grams of cocaine. Officers say they weren’t able to link the evidence to any inmate.

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The second arrest was made after officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming for a visitors car. Los Angeles resident, Tenaja Armine Martin, 22, consented to a search of her person and car where officers found pot.

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Officers say the marijuana was inside a blue plastic container weighing 19.51 grams and one hand-rolled joint.

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The third and last arrests were made when Leticia Santana, 25, and Maribel Alcala-Santiago, 24, came to the prison as visitors.

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The two Los Angeles residents drove into prison grounds where officers found 9.7 grams of marijuana in their car. The pot was inside a clear plastic container.

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Officers say the drugs had a combined estimated prison value of about $8,000.

All four women were booked into the Imperial County Jail, if convicted they could be sentenced to three to five year in prison.

About The Author

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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