Two Perris women are accused of smuggling drugs to inmates at
Southwest Detention Center via U.S. mail, a sheriff's official said
An investigation into the alleged smuggling began in
August when staff at the county jail in unincorporated Murrieta
intercepted narcotics from incoming mail, Riverside County sheriff’s
Sgt. Vance Stolte stated in a news release.
“An extensive investigation was conducted and as a result, additional
narcotics were found to have been sent into the jail and two suspects
were identified,” Stolte said.
The suspects, Elizabeth
Santamaria, 34, and Carolina Moreno, 33, both of Perris, were arrested
Aug. 29 when the Southwest Corridor Narcotics Task Force served a search
warrant at a residence in the 18600 block of Beck Street in
“At the residence, investigators seized additional evidence linking the suspects to the crime,” Stolte said.
Both women were jailed on suspicion of "burglary and knowingly sending narcotics into a detention facility," the sergeant said.
Santamaria was released on $25,000 bond Aug. 30 from Robert Presley Detention Center, according to sheriff’s jail records.
Moreno was being held at a detention facility in Orange County on a separate offense with charges pending, according to Stolte.
The type of narcotics allegedly smuggled by the women was not immediately known.
Editor’s Notes: The
outcome of these allegations, as well as the facts, may change as the
case progresses through the legal system. Not all details of each
investigation are made public. All items are alleged to have occurred.
There should be no assumption of guilt.
A booking photo of Carolina Moreno was not available as of publication time.