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FBI arrests two El Centro women for delivering drugs to a prison

March 15, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

The FBI has arrested two El Centro women for their alleged involvement in trying to deliver drugs to an inmate — the son of one of the women — serving a federal prison sentence in Victorville.

Josefina Arvizu Marquez, 52, was arrested at her residence on Brighton Avenue at 5 p.m. Thursday by the FBI and the California Bureau of Investigation. Denise Maria Gonzales, 33, was arrested at her residence on Woodward Avenue Monday.

Both were booked into the county jail on a federal indictment charging conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance into a federal prison, possession with intent to distribute, attempting to introduce contraband to a federal prison and attempt to provide contraband to a federal prisoner.

Both were being held without bail.

Bob Sellers, supervisory senior resident agent in charge of the FBI's El Centro office, said the women in April and May of 2001 attempted to deliver small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana to inmate Esteban Raygoza Esparza, who is serving time in Victorville Federal Correctional Institution.

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Esparza is Marquez's son and is a friend of Gonzales, Sellers said.

A federal indictment against both women and an arrest warrant were issued in January of this year. The charges were issued against the women by the FBI's Central District in the Los Angeles area.

Sellers said while the women reside in El Centro, he is unsure whether Esparza also is from El Centro. Information was unavailable on the crime for which Esparza was convicted.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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