Multiple People Arrested for Smuggling Drugs into Jail

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release

Many inmates are provided opportunities to work while in custody in Ventura County jails. On November 22, 2016, Daniel Martinez was given that opportunity and was assigned as an inmate worker at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. Martinez is currently serving a sentence for PC  530.5(a) – Identity Theft, HS 11378 – Possession For Sale Of A Controlled Substance, PC 273.5(a) – Inflict Corporal Injury on Current/Former Spouse, HS 11377(a) – Possession of a Controlled Substance and multiple probation violations.

During a random contraband search at the jail, Martinez was found to be in possession of drugs. After further investigation, it was discovered that Martinez’ wife, Ilyanna Hernandez, had coordinated with her husband to purchase drugs and smuggle them into the jail. The investigation revealed that Martinez had approached a fellow inmate worker, Michael Curiale, and arranged to have Curiale smuggle drugs into the jail via the Ojai Police Station, where Curiale was assigned as an inmate worker. Curiale was serving a sentence for VC 2800.2(a) – Evading An Officer, Willful Disregard.

Ilyanna Hernandez coordinated with Amber Castillo to buy drugs which were later thrown over a fence at the Ojai Police Station. Curiale retrieved the drugs from the parking lot and smuggled them into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility.

Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to the Pre-Trail Detention Facility, including the Classification Unit, investigated the criminal activity. Based on facts associated with the crime, Martinez, Hernandez, Castillo, and Curiale were each arrested for Penal Code 4573 – Bringing or Assisting in Bringing Drugs into Jail, and Penal Code 182 – Conspiracy to Commit a Crime. The case was submitted  to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and after several months of litigation, all suspects pleaded guilty to PC 4573 and were sentenced to various lengths of time in county jail as well as (36) months of formal probation.

Bringing drugs into a custodial facility is an issue that the Pre-Trial Detention Facility combats on a daily basis. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office works diligently to prevent drugs from entering into the jails. Deputies make an effort to arrest individuals for these types of offenses and hold them responsible for their actions.

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