Woman arrested at Calipatria State Prison

Woman arrested at Calipatria State Prison

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – A woman was arrested after prison guards found marijuana stashed in the car she was driving.

Officers say, Erica Carachure, 22, came to the prison grounds Saturday in hopes of visiting an inmate. However, the gate house officer noticed a strong smell of pot coming from her.


During a search of the car Carachure was in, officers found five plastic containers and five hand-rolled cigarettes which had about 43 grams of pot inside.

Carachure was arrested and booked into Imperial County Jail and is facing felony charges.

Officers say the pot could have sold for about $10,800 inside prison walls.

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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