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Woman arrested over drug-laced postcard at jail

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POSTED December 18, 2013 10:13 p.m.

SANTA MARIA  (AP) — A Santa Barbara County woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a drug-laced postcard to her jailed boyfriend.

The county sheriff's office says 25-year-old Banesa Gutierrez was arrested on Tuesday and remains jailed.

An investigation began on Dec. 1 after deputies intercepted a methamphetamine-laced card allegedly intended for Anthony Solis.

Authorities also say they found meth and other drugs in a Santa Maria bedroom that Gutierrez shared with her two daughters, ages 3 and 5 — and some material was mingled with their toys.

The girls were placed with other family members.

Solis is charged with killing a man whose body was found in a U-Haul truck in March. Investigators believe the man was tortured and stabbed in a drug- or gang-related killing. Ten people were arrested.

 

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