Cynthia Elrod of Big Bear was schedule for a two-day family visit with her son, inmate Mike Canales who was convicted of second-degree murder, when staff noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from her, said Lt. Everardo Silva, prison public information office/administrative assistant.
Elrod appeared nervous and evasive when questioned by staff and later informed staff that she did have contraband on her.
Elrod relinquished one bindle during a search, and that bindle contained four smaller ones.
Two bindles contained a total of 22 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated prison value of $22,000. One bindle contained 21.5 grams of heroin with an estimated prison value of $15,750 and the last bindle contained a little more than six grams of marijuana with an estimated prison value of $1,525.
If successfully smuggled in, the drugs would have had a total estimated prison value of more than $39,000.
Evidence collected linked Canales to the crime, and he was placed in the prison’s administrative segregation unit which is a jail within the prison.
Elrod was booked into Imperial County jail and if convicted, faces three to five years in prison.