Imperial Valley Press — Multiple law enforcement agencies collaborated to arrest two people charged with throwing a bag over a Calipatria State Prison wall Tuesday.
Around 9:40 p.m., prison staff saw a man approach the minimum-security housing area’s barbed-wire fence and throw a bag into the area, said Lt. Everardo Silva, Calipatria State Prison Administrative Assistant Public Information Officer.
The man, Rogelio Marquez of Lancaster, started running into a nearby field west of the area when he was apprehended through a joint effort of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, Calipatria Police Department and members of the Calipatria State Prison Specialized Team.
A second suspect, Diana Castelo Lugo of Lancaster, was apprehended in a vehicle west of the area on Wiest Road.
Five grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle she was driving.
The bag thrown into the prison contained six cell phones and two more cell phones were found in the prison with assistance of a U.S. Border Patrol canine unit.
Silva said phones are sold within the prison for $500 to $1,200 each.
Marquez and Lugo were booked into Imperial County jail and face felony charges.