Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District to Hold Blood Drive


Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District and the San Diego Blood Bank are pleased to announce a blood drive on Monday June 18 and Tuesday June 19, 2012, to honor Sally Mohamed. Mrs. Mohamed, a Brawley resident, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in February 2011. This disease requires the extensive use of blood platelets and blood transfusions.


Sarah “Sally” Mohamed

Girlfriend of an Inmate, Mother of a 6 year old, Arrested

The Girlfriend of an Inmate, Mother of a 6 year old and trusted with the care for her 13 year old sister was arrested for introducing drugs into State Prison on Sunday.
On Sunday, June 4, 2012 at approximately 1015 hours, Erika Recinos (ICSO booking #930949), along with her 13 year old sister and her 6 year old daughter were processed into the Maximum Security Calipatria State Prison (CAL) to visit Inmate Moises Hernandez, F94093 (Recinos is listed as girlfriend).  Upon arrival at the Facility C Visiting Area, Ms. Recinos entered the restroom and when Ms. Recinos exited the restroom to visit with Inmate Hernandez  the visiting Officer detected a strong odor of marijuana.  When questioned by the Officer Ms. Recinos relinquished a bindle that she had placed in her mouth.  Upon further inspection by the CAL Investigative Services Unit staff, the bindle contained 14 smaller bindles that tested positive for marijuana with a total weight of 29.4 grams having an estimated prison value of $7500.00.  A representative from Child Protective Services arrived at CAL and took custody of the minor children.  Ms. Recinos was arrested by CAL Officers and transported to the Imperial County Jail for processing.    Inmate Hernandez was placed in Administrative Segregation charged with Conspiracy to Introduce a Controlled Substance into the Institution for Distribution.  CAL makes every reasonable effort to ensure a pleasurable visiting experience since it is evidence based that family contact reduces prison violence and recidivism but airport style security measures are necessary to curtail contraband from entering the prison.  There were 195 adults and 52 children that visited incarcerated felons at CAL on Sunday.  This is the tenth visitor arrest at CAL involving visitors introducing drugs in 2012 and the second arrest involving minors.

Port Officers in Imperial Valley Seize Over $2.2 Million Worth of Narcotics in One Day

Imperial Valley, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the ports of entry in Imperial Valley seized over 2.2 million dollars worth of narcotics Tuesday in three separate and unrelated incidents.

The first seizure occurred on May 30, at about 6:20 a.m. at the Andrade port of entry when a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred the driver of a white 2005 Ford F-250 pick-up truck to secondary after detecting anomalies to the external auxiliary fuel tank.

Border Patrol Seizes 241 Pounds of Abandoned Pot

Yuma, Ariz. — CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station seized approximately 241 pounds of abandoned marijuana yesterday valued at roughly $120,500.

While tracking a group of suspects, agents assigned to Camp Grip, Yuma Sector’s forward operating base, located five abandoned burlap backpacks filled with marijuana. The contraband was seized for destruction. Agents continued tracking the group but reported no contact with suspects at the time of this release.

NAF El Centro Commemorates the Battle of Midway

NAVAL AIR FACILITY EL CENTRO, Calif. — Naval Air Facility El Centro commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway on June 4 during a ceremony at 0900 at Flag Circle. In attendance at the ceremony were local dignitaries, NAF El Centro personnel and five WWII Veterans. The ceremony consisted of the presentation of colors, remarks by the Commanding Officer and a wreath laying.