Sacto 9-1-1
January 5, 2010
Cops: Postal pot lands inmate's girlfriend in jail, too

By Kim Minugh
kminugh@sacbee.com

It shouldn't come as a surprise that jail staff members open mail sent to and from inmates - except the legal kind - but it proved to be one nevertheless for one giving girlfriend.

Jennifer Beals, 37, was arrested Monday night for allegedly sending some pot to her boyfriend, an inmate at the Rio Cosumnes Correction Center, via mail, said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Curran.

She was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on two charges of giving a controlled substance to a person in custody, according to booking records. As of Tuesday, she remained in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.

A warrant was issued for her arrest after deputies first discovered the postal pot Dec. 1, Curran said. Beals allegedly tried to send "several grams" of marijuana on two different occasions, Curran said.

A friendly reminder: Deputies running the RCCC and the Main Jail open and review all mail sent to and from inmates in their custody, Curran said. The only mail that isn't opened is correspondence with attorneys, he said.

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