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Visitor to Ely State Prison arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs

Woman lived in Las Vegas
Posted at 4:18 PM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 19:20:37-05

Officials have arrested a woman who allegedly tried to smuggle drugs into Ely State Prison last week.

The Nevada Department of Corrections Office of the Inspector General, Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigative Division (Eastern Nevada Narcotic Task Force) and the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest of a woman who tried to smuggle drugs into Ely State Prison through visiting with an inmate.

Around 9 a.m. Feb. 16, Yazmin Santoya-Mora, 38, arrived at Ely State Prison with three minor children in tow. She was also carrying 14.5 grams of methamphetamine and 8 grams of heroin that were seized by investigators.

Santoya-Mora was taken into custody and booked into the White Pine County Sheriff’s Public Safety Building under suspicion of two counts of trafficking a controlled substance, two counts of possession with the intent to sell, two counts of furnishing a controlled substance to a state prisoner and two counts of transporting a controlled substance.

The children were placed with family through the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services.

The multi-jurisdictional team also served a search warrant at her residence in Las Vegas and seized another 11 grams of meth and 6 grams of heroin.

Bail was set at $200,000.