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CALIPATRIA – Three women visiting Calipatria State Prison were arrested in separate incidents over the weekend on suspicion of smuggling marijuana into the prison.

In the first incident, Wendy April Camel, 33, of Redondo Beach and two children were visiting inmate Carl J. Camal, a second-degree robbery convict, when staff were alerted to the smell of marijuana.

Camel was searched by officers who allegedly found five latex bindles containing a combined weight of 15.34 grams of marijuana with an estimated prison value of $3,835, said Lt. Everardo Silva, prison administrative assistant/public information officer.

Prison officials believe the evidence links the inmate to the crime and he was placed in the prison’s administrative segregation unit.

For her part Wendy Camel was booked into Imperial County jail while the children were turned over to Children and Family Services of Imperial Valley.

In the second incident, Kayla K. Holt, 26, of Los Angeles entered the prison to visit convicted murderer Christopher Holt when staff noticed she smelled of marijuana.

During questioning, Kayla Holt appeared to have something in her mouth and later relinquished two bindles, Silva said. A subsequent search allegedly revealed two more bindles. The four bindles contained a total of 9.63 grams of marijuana with an estimated prison value of $2,407.

The evidence collected did not link Christopher Holt to the crime but Kayla Holt was booked into Imperial County jail.

In the third incident, Titiana M. Hall, 28, of Perris was visiting convicted murderer Diego Olivarez when staff noticed Hall acting suspicious.

Silva said that after questioning Hall allegedly admitted that she had contraband. In this incident prison officials secured one bindle containing 2.9 grams of marijuana with an estimated prison value of $725.

The evidence collected didn’t link Olivarez to the crime. Hall was booked into Imperial County jail.

If convicted, all three women face three to five years in prison. CONTINUE READING

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