Lompoc Woman Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Drugs into County Jail

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Lompoc Woman Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Drugs into County Jail
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

On July 15, 2018, 18-year-old Mariah Lyons of Lompoc entered the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Main Jail facility on narcotic related charges. Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies called the Classification Unit and advised that Lyons may be concealing more contraband on or in her person.

Lyons was removed from a holding cell and escorted to the medical treatment room in the Inmate Reception Center. Custody Deputies informed Lyons that they believed she was concealing contraband on or in her person and was instructed to give the contraband up immediately. Lyons removed a large packet of what appeared to be drugs from inside of her person. Upon further investigation, the packet was found to be concealing three baggies of a substance.

The substances were weighed and tested. One packet weighed 44.2 grams and tested presumptive positive for heroin. The second substance weighed 25 grams and tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine. The amount of drugs is estimated to have an in custody value of approximately $12,000. 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office will be charging Lyons with sales, possession in the facility and conspiracy to introduce narcotics into the facility. She is being held on $280,000 bail.

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a-1534315033 Jul 17, 2018 05:05 PM
Lompoc Woman Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Drugs into County Jail

It usually goes something like: She gets busted for small time narcotics possession and is then bailed out by friends/family. She gets her day in court and is found guilty. It's a low level crime so she goes home again on bail and later comes back to court for sentencing. Usually they'll go straight to jail after sentencing. So she knows that she'll probably do time walking into the sentencing hearing. And her friends gave her a going away party the night before. With a gift package. This is someone's daughter and it makes me very sad.

Nature Boy Jul 17, 2018 07:06 PM
Lompoc Woman Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Drugs into County Jail

That's like saying that GOING TO JAIL isn't a deterrent to crime. I'm sure prison, and making mugshots publi,c ARE a deterrent, but it doesn't stop ALL crime. Your assertion that, since crimes still occur, it's not a deterrent, is simply false.

a-1534315033 Jul 17, 2018 01:28 PM
Lompoc Woman Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Drugs into County Jail

RHS - I agree. Unless it is a crime that involves the public safety (drugs in prison does not), then at least spare the mug shots. What good does it do? Obviously, these things aren't "deterrents," as people are still committing stupid crimes every day.

Luvaduck Jul 17, 2018 08:29 AM
Lompoc Woman Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Drugs into County Jail

I hope she has family who can rescue her from the life she's heading for, that she dumps the boyfriend, moves away and never looks back. Young adults are blindly vulnerable to sex hormones. So much of how we choose is based on inexperience and looks. Some of us have dumb luck, but some don't. If there were 20-years-later pictures on their tee-shirts, their 20-years of drugs and hard living faces would save a lot of grief for others.

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