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Prison drug drop leads to arrest

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — On Friday, June 20, 21-year-old Yasemin Meryem Tafur, a Sunnyvale, California woman, was arrested after a California Correctional Center officer watched her place a bag containing marijuana and methamphetamine in a trash can on prison grounds. The officer was able to get a partial license plate number and a description of the vehicle the woman was driving, which led to the arrest.

Tafur was arrested after her vehicle was discovered at a motel in Susanville. The Lassen County District Attorney’s Office, along with members of the CCC Investigative Services Unit, contacted Tafur at the motel and received consent to search the motel room. Items retrieved in the room were consistent with items recovered at the prison.

When questioned, Tafur admitted to placing the bag, which contained more than two pounds of marijuana, nearly four ounces of methamphetamine and several cell phones, in the prison trashcan. The value of the drugs within the walls of the prison is estimated at $75,000. Tafur was booked into the Lassen County Jail on felony charges.

For the full story and other local stories, read the Tuesday, July 1, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.


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