Woman Pleads to Helping Las Colinas Prisoner Sneak Meth Into Jail

Nicoll Koval, 24, faces up to five years in prison.

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A woman who recently served time for a 2010 hit-and-run fatality on a Rancho Penasquitos freeway pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping a prisoner sneak drugs into jail.

Nicoll Koval, 24, faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced Aug. 15.

The prisoner that Koval helped, Sandra Lamb, also pleaded guilty to the felony charge and will be sentenced July 10.

Last August, Lamb had someone send her a greeting card laced with methamphetamine to the Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee, but it was intercepted by sheriff's deputies, according to prosecutor Michael Runyon.

When Lamb didn't receive the card, she reached out to someone else outside the jail to send her another drug-laced card, and Koval -- who was in custody with Lamb -- called that person on Lamb's behalf, according to Runyon.

At the time, Lamb was serving a sentence for theft and false identity. She faces an additional year in custody at sentencing next month.

Koval, who was originally sentenced last June to a year in custody as part of probation, served eight months before being released.

She had pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run causing the death of Albert Lee Holman.

Holman was walking on the side of state Route 56 on Oct. 19, 2010, shortly before 3 a.m. when he was struck.

Koval fled the scene and didn't turn herself in until the next day.

-City News Service

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