Exeter woman smuggles drugs in to jailed husband

Woman arrested after trying to smuggle meth to her husband being held in county jail


EXETER – An Exeter woman was arrested last week for smuggling drugs into the county jail for her husband. 

Maribel Jiminez, 38, of Exeter was arrested on July 19 following an investigation into her smuggling drugs into the Tulare County Jail a week earlier. Throughout the weeklong investigation, detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) searched a residence in the 700 block of First Street in Exeter. Evidence gathered there led detectives to serve a second search warrant in the 1900 block of North Virginia Avenue in Farmersville. During the search detectives found drug paraphernalia related to methamphetamine that Maribel attempted to give her husband, 42-year-old Crescencio Jiminez, who was already incarcerated on unrelated charges.

Maribel was taken into custody for importing narcotics into a Detention Facility and booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility without incident. Crescencio was charged with new crimes including importing narcotics into a county jail and conspiracy to commit a crime. 

This case is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending an email to tcso@tipnow.com or leave a voice message or send a text message to 559-725-4194.

Sheriff’s Log

Friday, July 20
At 7:37 p.m. in Goshen, detectives from the Tulare Area Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team (TAGNET) conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle for vehicle code violations. The driver, Miguel Ramos of Goshen, was driving on a suspended driver’s license and on active probation. Detectives found Ramos to be in possession of a large quantity of narcotics. Ramos was arrested without incident and booked into the Adult Pre-Trial Facility.

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