LANCASTER – A 31-year-old Lancaster man and a 30-year-old Long Beach woman were jailed this weekend for trying to pass cell phones through the fence to inmates at the state prison in Lancaster, authorities said.
Edgar Aragon and Nelly Santana were arrested on a host of charges, including aiding the rescue of a prisoner, providing wireless devices to a prisoner, and communicating with prisoners without permission, said Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Michael Rust.
Rust said the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday at the California state prison in Lancaster.
“These two people were seen on the outside perimeter fence talking with inmates… one of the prison guards saw these people and told us,” Rust said. “It appears when the deputies contacted them, they found that they were in possession of 10 cell phones and some other electronic devices, and they were trying to smuggling it into the prison, so they were arrested.”
In addition to posted signs that prohibit trespassing near the perimeter fence, there are also set rules that bar people from communicating with prisoners without going through the proper channels, Rust said.
“Obviously they weren’t following the visiting rules,” Rust said. “They were sneaking up to the fence and trying to communicate through the fence, and ultimately, probably trying to pass cell phones through the fence.”
Aragon and Santana were jailed on $20,000 bail and are due in court on Tuesday to answer charges.