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Drug counselor caught allegedly smuggling drugs, cellphones into prison

A drug counselor was stopped earlier this month as she allegedly tried to enter Calipatria State Prison with illegal and prescription drugs, booze, tobacco, cough syrup and dozens of cellphones.
A drug counselor was stopped earlier this month as she allegedly tried to enter Calipatria State Prison with illegal and prescription drugs, booze, tobacco, cough syrup and dozens of cellphones. Sacramento Bee file

A woman contracted to help inmates overcome addiction was stopped earlier this month as she allegedly tried to enter a state prison in Imperial County with illegal and prescription drugs, booze, tobacco, cough syrup and dozens of cellphones.

It’s not clear whether Angela P. Carr, 43, has been charged with a crime. Telephone messages left with the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office this week were not returned.

A confidential incident report prepared by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and obtained by The Sacramento Bee states that Carr was attempting to enter Calipatria State Prison on the morning of Aug. 7 when a lieutenant smelled “a strong odor of marijuana” coming from her direction.

The officer approached Carr, identified himself and determined the marijuana odor came from “a large bag of potato chips that Ms. Carr had beside her,” the report states.

Asked if the large bag of chips was hers, Carr said, “Yes,” according to the report. She also said “yes” when asked if it contained contraband.

Then, the document states, “Ms. Carr made a spontaneous statement of, ‘I have marijuana, cellphones and probably more drugs in there,’ ” pointed to the potato chip bag and “to all the items of property she had with her.” The report does not detail what other items Carr had.

Investigators arrived on the scene, read Carr her rights, the report says, and found:

▪ Tobacco – 7.58 ounces

▪ Cough syrup, 2.5 ounces each – 4 bottles

▪ Travel-size Crown Royal whiskey – 1 bottle

▪ Soma, Xanax, Valium, Norco – 409 pills

▪ THC (marijuana) – 4.46 pounds

▪ Methamphetamine –11.8 ounces

▪ Heroin – 3.9 ounces

▪ Cellphones – 40

Carr allegedly conspired with inmates Ryan Alleyn Hawes, a documented gang member who goes by the street names “Rabbit” and “Full Force,” and Anthony Rene Brown, known as “T-Brown,” although he is not a documented gang member, according to the incident report.

The case has been forwarded to the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office “to be evaluated for the felony prosecution” of Carr, the report states.

Meanwhile, Hawes and Brown were moved to a segregated unit at the prison. According to the report, the evidence was sent to the Department of Justice for testing, and depending on the findings, both men face punishment for conspiring to smuggle drugs for the purpose of distribution.

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Bill Sessa verified the document obtained by The Bee, but said the agency could offer no comment because the investigation remains active.

Jon Ortiz: 916-321-1043, jortiz@sacbee.com, @TheStateWorker

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