Two women accused of trying to smuggle black tar heroin hidden in a greeting card into a jail facility have been arrested, while an inmate is now facing additional charges, police announced Saturday.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department investigators on Sept. 13 discovered heroin “elaborately concealed” in a greeting card that was going through the inmate mail screening process, according to a police statement.
The greeting card was addressed to Pierre Cambrelen, a 36-year-old Ontario resident who was being housed at the jail on suspicion of an unrelated crime, police said.
Detectives believe that Jessica Gomez, a 34-year-old Ontario resident, and Heather Christy, a 29-year-old Montclair resident, manufactured methamphetamine and heroin laced greeting cards to mail to Cambrelen, as well as other inmates housed in San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department facilities, according to the police statement.
On Oct. 1, investigators served search warrants at homes in Montclair and Ontario, leading to the arrest of Gomez and Christy, and the discovery of “additional evidence related to the conspiracy, as well as possession of stolen property and possession of narcotics,” according to the police statement.
Christy and Gomez are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Cambrelen is being held without bail.