Jail Mail Drug Smuggling Attempt
updated: Dec 18, 2013, 12:47 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office
A Santa Maria resident, 25 year old Banesa Gutierrez, whose boyfriend is one of
the suspects in the Anthony Ibarra murder trial, was arrested on December 17,
for attempting to smuggle drugs into the Santa Barbara County Jail and for child
endangerment. The service of the search warrant and subsequent arrest of
Gutierrez was the culmination of a month long investigation conducted by the
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Jail Classification Unit and our Gang and
Narcotics Investigations Unit. As a further result of this investigation,
Gutierrez's boyfriend, 29 year old Anthony Solis, an inmate at the jail, was
also rebooked on additional charges related to drug smuggling and conspiracy.
On December 1st of this year, deputies within the Sheriff's Jail Classification
Unit intercepted a methamphetamine laced postcard from Gutierrez to Solis before
it was delivered to Solis at his housing unit within the jail. The Sheriff's
Jail Classification Unit initiated an investigation into this criminal act of
smuggling controlled substances into our secured jail facility. Ultimately, the
Jail Classification Unit teamed up with the Sheriff's Gang and Narcotics Units,
whose detectives continued the investigation into the source of the smuggled
controlled substance and obtained an arrest warrant for Gutierrez and a search
warrant for her residence.
At approximately 9 a.m. on December 17, Sheriff's Detectives served the search
warrant at Gutierrez's residence, located in the Tanglewood area of Santa Maria.
During the service of the search warrant, Sheriff's Detectives discovered
controlled substances and drug paraphernalia in Gutierrez's bedroom, which she
shared with her two young girls, ages three and five. Detectives found a small
amount of marijuana, about two grams of methamphetamine, methamphetamine smoking
pipes which contained methamphetamine residue and marijuana smoking pipes which
contained marijuana residue. In addition to finding the controlled substances
and drug paraphernalia, detectives also found children's coloring books and toys
inside the same piece of furniture. The controlled substances and drug
paraphernalia were accessible to both children as it was stored within a low-
lying piece of furniture and mixed in with items that were used by the children.
Based upon these observations, Sheriff's Narcotics Detectives commenced a Drug
Endangered Children (DEC) investigation and initiated the Santa Barbara County
DEC investigation protocol, including notification of Santa Barbara County Child
Welfare Services (CWS).
Sheriff's detectives arrested Gutierrez and subsequently booked her into jail.
CWS responded to the location and removed the children from the home. The
children were taken to a local hospital to determine whether or not they have
sustained narcotics exposure. It will take several weeks before the test
results will be available to our narcotics investigators. Both girls were
cleared by medical personnel and released to family members. Gutierrez was
booked into jail on charges of possessing methamphetamine, sales or furnishing
methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit a felony, child endangerment, attempting
to bring narcotics into a custodial facility and possession of methamphetamine
paraphernalia. Gutierrez's bail has been set at $100,000.
As result of the evidence gathered during the overall investigation, Solis was
re-booked at the Santa Barbara County jail with additional charges of sales and
furnishing methamphetamine, attempting to bring narcotics into a custodial
facility and conspiracy to commit a felony with a bail of $25,000.
Sheriff's Gang Investigations detectives will be conducting further
investigation to determine if this case was committed for the benefit of, or in
association with a criminal street gang.
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