Texas Woman Pleads Guilty In Planted Cocaine Case

PHOENIX (March 13, 2014) SanJuanita Carabajal, 59, of Ferris, who was accused of getting her 9-year-old granddaughter to plant bags of cocaine in her son-in-law's truck in Arizona, pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of attempting to involve a child in a drug offense.

Carabajal hatched the plot in hopes that police would discover the drugs so that she could get custody of the child, authorities said.

The girl's father had custody of the child.

Police in Gilbert say Carabajal gave the child packets containing 4 grams of cocaine in October and told the girl to show one of her teachers one of the bags and to leave the rest inside of her father’s truck.

Defense attorney Melinda Kovacs declined to comment after Carabajal entered the guilty plea.

Sentencing was set for May 16.


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