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Lompoc woman arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs into jail

An 18-year-old Lompoc woman was arrested over the weekend after being accused of attempting to smuggle drugs into the Santa Barbara County Jail.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says Mariah Lyons entered the jail on narcotics-related charges when Patrol Deputies called the Classification Unit to alert the officers there that Lyons may have been hiding more contraband on her.

Lyons was taken to a medical treatment room and ordered by custody deputies to give up any contraband she had with her immediately. Lyons took out a large packet concealing three baggies of a substance inside, according to authorities.

The Sheriff’s Office says one packet weighed 44.2 grams and tested positive for heroin. Methamphetamine was in the second packet and weighed 25 grams. Authorities estimate the amount of drugs found to have a street value of approximately $12,000.

Lyons will be charged with sales, possession in the main jail, and conspiracy to introduce narcotics into the main jail. She’s being held on $280,000 bail.

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