Saturday, October 25, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 33
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Girlfriend of murder trial suspect arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into the county jail

Sun Staff
On Dec. 17, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department detectives arrested the girlfriend of one of the suspects in the Anthony Ibarra murder trial for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into the jail in Goleta, as well as child endangerment. Detectives served a search warrant around 9 a.m. at the home of Banesa Gutierrez, 25, in Santa Maria. According to department officials, they found drugs in Gutierrez's bedroom, which she shares with her two young children. Officials also said deputies in the jail intercepted a meth-laced postcard Gutierrez reportedly sent to her boyfriend, Anthony Solis, earlier this month. Gutierrez's arrest comes after a month-long investigation into the source of the postcard.