A Pomona woman was recently arrested on drug possession charges at a youth probation camp in San Dimas. She was at Camp Glenn Rockey to visit her son on the weekend. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department claims the camp has seen a recent influx of contraband into the dorms, and law enforcement decided to intensify searches of visitors to the camp.
The 44-year-old Pomona woman was arrested on marijuana possession charges after a search of her purse allegedly turned up several bundles of pot. The woman also was carrying a medical marijuana card. However, authorities claim the card was a fake.
Searches of visitors at the probation camp are not unusual. Authorities say that 60 to 70 families visit the camp each weekend and all visitors to the facility are subjected to searches. However, after the recent apparent increase of contraband, primarily marijuana, found in the dorm rooms, Sheriff’s office officials say that they brought in additional officers to conduct searches at the facility.
A sergeant with the LA Sheriff’s office says that, “For [the Camp Glenn Rockey] facility there were concerns about different types of substances coming into the facility so they increased the searches.” Law enforcement conducted searches on not only the people visiting the facility, but also searched vehicles during the stepped up effort to find illegal drugs.
A retired law enforcement officer told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that it is rare for parents to have drugs and illegal narcotics in their possession while visiting a probation camp.
The woman was arrested at the San Dimas facility and brought to the Century Regional Detention Facility, where bail was set at $35,000. LA Sheriff’s officials say that there was also an outstanding warrant for the woman out of Bellflower.
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune, “Mom arrested for pot while visiting son at juvenile probation camp expected in court Wednesday,” Canan Tasci, Jan. 17, 2012