Drug mule gets 3 years in prison

Smuggling attempt earns Mesa woman 3 years in prison

CHRISTINA CISNEROS

CHRISTINA CISNEROS

KINGMAN - A Mesa woman was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday for trying to smuggle more than two ounces of heroin into the Arizona State Prison in Golden Valley.

Christina Marie Cisneros, 33, of Mesa was arrested April 16 after a K-9 dog checking visitors alerted to the woman, according to the Sheriff's Office. One balloon containing heroin was found in her sock. More than a dozen other balloons of heroin and more than an ounce of marijuana were found after a body cavity search.

Cisneros was reportedly bringing the drugs into the prison for her boyfriend.

She was originally booked into jail on dozens of counts of promoting prison contraband, but a plea agreement with the state reduced those charges to just two counts of promoting prison contraband, with one count for the marijuana and one count for the heroin.

Under the plea agreement, Judge Steven Conn had the option of sentencing Cisneros to as little as probation and up to as much as four years in prison.