Two women arrested at Calipat prison

Two women arrested at Calipat prison

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – Two visitors were arrested in separate incidents suspected of trying to smuggle marijuana into Calipatria State Prison Saturday.

Officers say the first arrest happened after a prison guard noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from Michelle Autumn Gray’s car. Gray was visiting inmate Mackenzie Dent, who is in prison for robbery.

Autumn Michele Gray Mackenzie Dent

The 35-year-old from Garden Grove, California consented to a search of her person and car, according to officers.

Officers say they found a bindle containing marijuana weighing 16.6 grams and paraphernalia in her car.

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The pot had an estimated prison value of about $4,120, according to officers.

Gray was arrested and booked into Imperial County Jail, if convicted she is facing three to five years in prison.

The second arrest also happened after officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from a car on prison grounds.

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The driver, 60-year-old, Taunya Katrina Keys, from Rancho Cucamonga, California consented to a search of her person and car.

Officers say they found two marijuana cigarettes weighing 6.7 grams in her car.

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Keys was arrested and booked into Imperial County Jail, if convicted she is facing 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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