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Arrests up in SCV bringing-drugs-to-jail cases

Posted: February 24, 2014 4:47 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2014 4:47 p.m.
 

Their numbers are nearing a dozen this month — people charged with a felony in the Santa Clarita Valley for bringing drugs or drug paraphernalia onto jail property.

On Sunday morning, a 28-year-old Glendora woman who works in an office was arrested on suspicion of bringing drugs or drug paraphernalia to jail and, later in the afternoon, a 21-year-old woman from Azusa who works in a warehouse was arrested for the same thing.

The arrests bring to 11 the number of people alleged to have brought drugs to jail this month. All of the arrests were made on weekends, which is when visitors are allowed at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. All but two of them were on Sundays.

When The Signal asked about the phenomenon, jail officials explained that most of the arrests at the facility happen in its parking lot.

Normally, the arrests do not involve people showing up at the jail doors with drugs in their pockets, but rather people with drugs or drug paraphernalia in their cars.

“We have patrols in the parking lot,” said one LASD deputy assigned to Pitchess. “Out in the parking lot, if we notice an expired registration on a car, for instance, we will pull that vehicle over.”

Sgt. Dave Guittierez noted the jail facility has “a huge sign” posted at its entrance advising visitors not to have drugs, alcohol or weapons in vehicles arriving at the facility.

The official charge is 4573.5 of the California Penal Code, which states: “Any person who knowingly brings into any state prison or other institution ... into any prison camp, prison farm, or any other place where prisoners or inmates of these institutions are located ... or within the grounds belonging to any institution ... any alcoholic beverage, any drugs ... is guilty of a felony.”

“Grounds belonging to any institution” includes the parking lot.

Advice to those visiting locked up loved ones: Leave your drugs at home, said a Pitchess worker who was not authorized to comment officially.

“Don’t bring weapons, don’t bring narcotics and don’t bring alcohol — three simple things, but they don’t seem to be getting the message,” she said.

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