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Deputies thwart inmate plot to smuggle drugs into county jail

Jason Robertson

Jason Robertson

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies thwarted an attempt by inmates to smuggle drugs into the county jail on Oct. 30.

The YCSO's Detention Intel Unit obtained information that inmate John Altman, 24, of Chino Valley, allegedly planned to hide drugs at the county courthouse and bring the drugs to the jail, said Dwight D'Evelyn, media and crime prevention coordinator for the Sheriff's Office.

On Oct. 30 inmate Mark Lofton, 31, of Chino Valley, allegedly picked up a package in the court elevator that detention officers immediately took from him, D'Evelyn said, adding that officers knew that the small package -- which contained cocaine, marijuana and tobacco -- would be there.

"The package was taped behind the rail with a sticky double-sided tape so the inmate could grab it while he was standing near the rail," D'Evelyn said. "A similar transfer of contraband had occurred once prior to this. On that occasion, it was tobacco."

In that case, deputies discovered the package during a strip search, D'Evelyn said. In this case, they discovered the package before the inmate could hide it.

Detectives learned that inmates Trevor Donaldson, 25, of Phoenix, and Albert Marrujo, 26, of Chino Valley, also were allegedly involved in arranging the delivery of drugs to the courthouse, and Marrujo's wife, Eileen Marrujo, 25, allegedly prepared them for delivery.

In jail now are Albert and Eileen Marrujo. They face charges of possession of drugs for transfer, conspiracy to possess narcotic drugs for transfer, promoting prison contraband and conspiracy to promote prison contraband.

Deputies also booked Altman, Lofton and Donaldson on charges of conspiracy to possess narcotic drugs for transfer and conspiracy to promote prison contraband. Lofton also faces charges of possession of narcotic drugs for transfer and promoting prison contraband.

The YCSO is still seeking one person who they believe has knowledge of the plan. His name is Jason Robertson, 34, of Chino Valley. Deputies have not found Robertson and are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact them at (928) 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

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