A 24-year-old woman was convicted this week of conspiring to smuggle drugs to her boyfriend in the Merced County Main Jail.
Christina Jaimes was found guilty on a felony charge of conspiracy to smuggle narcotics into the jail. Prosecutors said Jaimes handed methamphetamine and marijuana off to another man to smuggle into jail in December 2008.
The go-between, who was an inmate away from the jail on a medical pass, was supposed to give the drugs to Jaimes' boyfriend, Clint Ward, who was an inmate at the jail on assault-related charges.
Jaimes didn't know, however, that law enforcement was monitoring phone calls Ward had placed from the jail to her.
Deputy District Attorney Steven Slocum said Jaimes gave the drugs to the go-between and he was supposed to split the drugs with Ward when he went back to the jail. The man went to a restroom inside the Merced County Library and tried to insert the drugs, which had been placed in plastic wrap, into his rectum.
After that failed, he flushed them down the toilet and returned to the jail. At the jail, he was met by detective Joe Deliman and taken into custody. The inmate who served as Jaimes' and Ward's go-between was never charged, Slocum said. The charges against Ward for the incident were dismissed after he received a lengthy prison sentence in an unrelated case.
William Davis, Jaimes' attorney, argued there was no evidence of the crime because the drugs were never found.
Jaimes faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison, although Slocum said she has no significant record and is eligible for probation. She'll be sentenced next month.