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Roseville woman accused of smuggling illegal drugs to San Quentin inmates

A Roseville woman, who police say became acquainted with an inmate through a pen-pal program, has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs into San Quentin State Prison to be sold to inmates.

Marie Kathrine Allison, 63, was taken into custody Saturday following an investigation by Roseville police in cooperation with state and federal agencies.

Several weeks ago, the Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Enforcement Team detectives began investigating allegations that a Roseville woman was taking drugs into San Quentin. During the investigation – conducted in collaboration with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Homeland Security Investigations’ Customs and Border Protection Air Unit – detectives gathered evidence that Allison regularly drove to San Quentin with illegal drugs.

She allegedly took the drugs into the prison’s group visiting area and gave them to an inmate during the visits, according to a Roseville Police Department news release. The inmate and his co-conspirators are suspected of selling the drugs to other inmates.

On Saturday, police detectives followed Allison from Roseville to San Quentin, where they contacted her and confiscated illegal drugs. She was arrested on suspicion of transporting heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana for sale; conspiracy; and bringing a controlled substance into a state prison.

Allison is being held in Placer County Jail in lieu of $85,000 bail. Police said similar charges are being forwarded on three San Quentin inmates who are suspected of being co-conspirators.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.