Mono-Inyo narcotics arrests

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MONET, along with Mono County Sheriff, Mammoth Police, and INET made several arrests in Mammoth Lakes.

Traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest  (Press Release from Mono County Sheriff’s Department, PIO Jennifer Hansen)

The Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, and Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), concluded a narcotics arrest in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at approximately 1:30pm, Mammoth Lakes Police Officers, with the assistance of Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies, conducted a traffic stop on a black pickup truck for several vehicle code violations. During the traffic stop, both occupants of the vehicle exhibited signs of being under the influence. MONET agents, and K9 “Tara”, were requested for a search of the vehicle. K9 “Tara” alerted agents to the vehicles driver seat. Agents, deputies, and officers conducted a physical search of the vehicle and located a glass pipe with methamphetamine inside. When the driver, Gregorio Tinoco Hernandez, age 24, of Mammoth Lakes, and passenger, Antonio Garcia Serrano, age 36, also of Mammoth Lakes, were questioned about the glass pipe, both admitted to smoking methamphetamine. Mr. Hernandez also told MONET agents that he was currently on his way to purchase methamphetamine from another person. Mr. Hernandez and Mr. Serrano were placed under arrest without incident.

With the intended narcotic purchase information, MONET and INET agents setup the buy. Mr. Rene Lugo Cortez, age 22, of Bishop, CA, was parked in an upper parking lot when he recognized the vehicle, driven by undercover agents, that he was to sell methamphetamine too. Mr. Cortez exited his vehicle and instructed the passengers to then drive away.  Passenger, Kenneth Chandler, age 21, of Bishop, CA, changed seats and drove Cortez’s vehicle away. Mr. Cortez met with the undercover agents, knew they were not the intended buyers, tried to run from the authorities, and was placed under arrest without further incident.

MONET agents, deputies, and officers located Mr. Cortez’s vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. K9 Tara conducted a search of the vehicle and alerted agents to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. After the alert, a glass pipe, an ounce of methamphetamine, and a digital scale were located inside the vehicle. Mr. Chandler and passenger, Felis Landa, age 26, of Bishop, CA, were placed under arrest without incident. When Mr. Cortez, Mr. Chandler, and Mr. Landa were questioned, they admitted to smoking methamphetamine and that they have traveled from Bishop to Mammoth Lakes with the intention of selling methamphetamine to Mr. Hernandez. All five individuals were transported and booked into the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport.

Gregorio Tinoco Hernandez, age 24, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of controlled substance paraphernalia; and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Antonio Garcia Serrano, age 36, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of controlled substance paraphernalia; and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Rene Lugo Cortez, age 22, of Bishop, was ultimately arrested for transportation of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sales; possession of controlled substance paraphernalia; being under the influence of a controlled substance; and conspiracy to commit a crime. Mr. Cortez is currently in custody in the Mono County Jail.

Felis Landa, age 26, of Bishop, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sales; possession of a controlled substance; being under the influence of a controlled substance; and conspiracy to commit a crime. Mr. Landa is currently in custody in the Mono County Jail.

Kenneth Chandler, age 21, of Bishop, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale; possession of a controlled substance; being under the influence of a controlled substance; and conspiracy to commit a crime. Mr. Chandler is currently in custody in the Mono County Jail.

All charges for the five individuals are pending through the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

 

 

46 Responses to Mono-Inyo narcotics arrests

  1. Trouble December 22, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Our jails must be getting pretty full by now. To bad the college is empty.

     
    • Desert Tortoise December 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

      What do you know about college, lol.

       
      • Benett Kessler December 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

        That sounds condescending.
        BK

         
        • quack December 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

          Or patronizing. I know plenty of happy and successful people who never went to college, and plenty of college grads (including academics) who can only exist in academia. Neither of these categories are mutually exclusive, though.

           
          • Pedro December 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

            I’m guessing the condescending patronization stems from arrogance.

             
          • Desert Tortoise December 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

            Yep, you can be happy and successful having not gone to college, though your income potential is generally limited by that choice (which in most people has a negative impact on the happiness part), but happy and successful and drug addiction do not generally happen in the same person. They are mutually exclusive in fact. Addicts become a drag on everyone they come into contact with and degrade a whole community.

             
      • Trouble December 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

        I know even less about jail. I know all about being a out of control teenager!

         
        • Desert Tortoise December 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

          Maybe if you ever find it in you to do something really difficult like complete a bachelors degree, something that required years of discipline to achieve, you will see why I have such a low opinion of drug abusers and those who support them. They are terrible employees, business partners and co-workers, drag the standard of living down with their lethargy, more interested in their next high than making something better. You are the poster child for why I find drug users so disgusting.

           
          • Benett Kessler December 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

            There are a few things between college degrees and drug use – like people who work hard in their chosen area, learn a great deal and serve others. Like Dave McCoy.

            Benett Kessler

             
          • Pedro December 22, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

            Desert Tortoise, Must make you feel stupid that other people got the same degree and better grades while high as a kite in class and still had time for nude coed ultimate frisbee.

             
          • Mongo The Idiot December 23, 2013 at 8:52 am #

            What college do you attend to learn humility, compassion, and kindness?

             
          • JeremiahJoseph December 23, 2013 at 10:56 am #

            So where does a individuals “socio economic environment” come into play? I state that because how far do we have to look to see somebody from Beverly hills or those in Wall ST answer to two totally different justice systems?
            Mongo is right! What academic course do you take to have compassion for your fellow humans!
            You know what I think, I think we see the drug addict or addicted behaviors and see a part of ourselves in those behaviors or can relate in one way or another, and we don’t like that, so we shun the “drug addict” and make them out to be less of a “good” human, to help us feel better about ourselves.
            We live in a culture in decline, the justice and political institutions are at the core of the problem, but if your okay with the status quo, don’t be surprised when it gets worse, for we live in a society that likes to perpetuate the treatment of symptoms and not the source of the condition..

             
          • Desert Tortoise December 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

            I watched students fail out of the masters degree program I completed successfully due to drug and alcohol use. It takes over your life to the detriment of all else. It drags everyone else down the toilet with them too. The people I saw graduate were all sober and very hard working. If you wanted to pass your classes, you didn’t have time to party. Passing classes and working took every ounce of energy and every minute of the day.

            Now I am watching my 45 year old fiancée struggle mightily through an electrical engineering program. If you think you can do drugs and still survive a program like that, then, well, you are on drugs. I have no respect for drug users, but then again when you get into an environment full of advanced degrees in science and engineering, you are not among people with drug habits. We work much too hard to have time for that kind of stupidity.

             
          • Terry December 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

            Looks like DT has to offer his worthless 2 cents again. I didn’t see “Kern County” referenced anywhere in the article. I hope he stays down there.

             
          • Pedro December 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

            DT, if all drug use precludes industrious intelligence and vice versa, explain Paul Erdos, Sigmund Freud, Steve Jobs, Howard Hughes, Ulysses S Grant. Do you find them “disgusting”?

             
          • Desert Tortoise December 24, 2013 at 12:09 am #

            Yeah, just look at how drug addiction destroyed Howard Hughes. Brilliant man reduced to nothing by codeine and valium. Exactly the kind of thing I am talking about. Cocaine didn’t do Sigmund Freud any favors either. It almost killed him. He was fortunate to realize it was killing him and get away from it. William Halsted, the father of modern surgery was not so successful and his cocaine addiction ruined his career and sent him off to an insane asylum. Thanks for proving my point you fools.

             
          • Benett Kessler December 24, 2013 at 10:39 am #

            Wow. I didn’t realize you were a contemporary with Freud!!
            BK

             
          • Desert Tortoise December 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

            His experimentation with cocaine is well documented. It was viewed as this miracle substance by both psychoanalysts and surgeons in that time period. They were not yet aware of cocaine’s very dark side, and both Freud and Halsted’s careers suffered from their addiction. Freud was smart enough to see it happening and get away from it before it did to him what cocaine did to Halstead.

            The people spouting their nonsense ought to put the reefer down, get their heads clear and read what happened to their hero’s due to their drug addictions. All their meager brain can see is Howard Hughes used drugs and assume all is good, never mind it was his downfall.

             
          • Benett Kessler December 24, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

            You speak as if you and Sigmund were pals.
            BK

             
    • Mongo the Idiot December 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      I agree Trouble, if you are going to be a real career criminal like Bernie Madoff, Charles Whitman, or John DeLorean, you are going to need a college education.

       
    • Charles O. Jones December 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      That would be: Too bad the college is empty.

      And I would agree.

       
    • Pedro December 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

      Miss the days when a judge could say, “I will reduce your sentence if you join military, go to school or hold down a job.”
      http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201312/how-the-us-is-becoming-nation-prisoners

       
      • sugarmagnolia December 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

        the military doesn’t want them.

         
        • Pedro December 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

          Ya, because no one drinks or uses in the military, or comes out strung out. Just like Desert Tortoise thinks there are no users in college.

           
  2. Tinner December 22, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Good girl Tara girl, good girl!

     
    • Desert Tortoise December 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      Yep, give her a doggie treat.

       
    • Desert Tortoise December 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      There is enough random urine sampling in the military to find and root out nearly all the drug users. I was a Naval officer and know that first hand. We caught plenty of drug users and out they went. Alcohol abuse is another story sadly. Too much of that in the military.

       
  3. Wayne Deja December 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    ….You can sure tell it’s ski season up in Mammoth Lakes….

     
  4. Roy December 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    I love reading about dopers going to jail….

     
    • Pedro December 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      Roy , then you’ll love reading this.

      http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/5279408-74/wanto-police-drug#axzz2nwTvqFrj

       
      • Roy December 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

        The person in that article needs to be slam dunked and off to jail.

         
        • Trouble December 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

          Sorry Roy, I miss spoke, what the hell good does our prison system do to help anyone?

           
          • Wayne Deja December 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

            Trouble…People in prison that belong in prison protect other people from them becoming ANOTHER victim of theirs….and,as in this case, punishment for being an alleged dumb-ass….for repeat offenders,and depending on their age when they re-offend,unfortunatally,some are beyond much help..IMO…..

             
          • JeremiahJoseph December 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

            Whats up with all this fear mongoring Wayne?
            I don’t think so!
            What about that rich kid who recently only got 10 years probation for = stealing alcohol, driving under the influence, and killing 4 people and seriously injuring others, and they gave him that sentence, the defense made the case he suffers from affluenza or something, saying that rich kids don’t understand right from wrong, here check the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsfZlGYRWWs
            Thats the justice system your giving blind faith to, as if they make the best fair decision all the time and we should never hold them to accountability?
            You know what is wrong, I think it is wrong to outcast people, take away all voting rights, take away the sense of community from them and hence the feeling of being empowered to make the difference is seldom scene because society makes it harder for those who already have it hard, which a lot of times has to do with the lack of guidance in vulnerable times in their life.

            But anyways people will always look down upon another for what ever reason…

            Yeah your right! some are beyond much help…Especially when they choose not to be receptive to the info that would change ones mind/life..

            Does anybody else take into account there is people on Wall ST who trade stock and make money on incarceration rates, with prison privatization they have a incentive to lock people up, sadly this is obviously a distortion of priority we have in this society, unfortunately people have taken this as normality or a “illusion of permanence” and just look past it..

             
          • Wayne Deja December 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

            Jeremiah….Don’t understand what your trying to say,or thinking with my statement I’d be maybe defending that rich kid that killed those 4 people…or defending the Court system and their decision in that case.I felt that rich kid should have gotten AT LEAST 10 years in prison for what he did….maybe more.I’m not “defending” the way our system works……far from it….and certainly not giving it blind faith.It sounds to me like YOU are the one maybe defending him,with saying “already have it hard,lack of guidance,or vulnerable times in their lives”…I’ll bet close to the words that rich kid’s defense lawyer used in his closing arguement….Accountability is the key word….those that do the crimes,whether it’s drinking and driving and killing someone doing it,or robbing someone,or assaulting someone…or dealing drugs…all against the law….and a need to be punished for it,prison time,and hoping they learn a lesson from it and not to do it again when they get out…and then,if they do re-offend once they’re out,not only is it time for more and longer punishment,but also have to take into account their continued behavior is a danger to others on the outside that choose to obey the laws.

             
          • Benett Kessler December 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

            Just a quick word. Our country has imprisoned way too many people for too long with no rehabilitation. We need a new way to deal with offenders, at least a lot of them. Some just need to be kept out of society. But, many need help as people. Programs that try to deal with individuals often do work. I realize I am just talking and that this requires a major societal change. Now, we are wasting lives and money. Those in power could change this pattern if they only would.
            Benett Kessler

             
          • Mongo The Idiot December 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

            Merry Christmas Ms. Kessler.
            God bless you…
            Mongo

             
          • Benett Kessler December 23, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

            Merry Christmas, Mongo. Thanks so much for your comments.
            BK

             
          • JeremiahJoseph December 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

            I went back and re-read your comment, yeah, I was way off..its hard to see past my belief of how we are living in a time of decline, I guess that makes me the biggest fear mongorer around, right?
            But money in politics is a issue? Right?
            Climate is changing? Right?
            This cyclical consumption of finite resources is unsustainable? Right?
            And we are doing very little about anything (as a collective society).
            I also don’t believe the “law” really has “We the People’s” best interest in mind, I mean look at what the “law” once upheld in the past, and of course being a tribal member its obvious how the law undermines tribal soveriegnty on many levels…
            I took your comment as a atta boy to law enforcement, and I can admit to being wrong, but show me the graph or scale or anything that proves the law approach to the rich and famous is the same standard as the rest of us, or one that shows their approach on the war on drugs has been productive in society.. so I can’t agree with your “all against the law..” comment.
            The law needs to take a look at itself, and stop feeding off the poor and economically irrelevant.. your right about the accountability, but neither that teenager or those who tanked our economy seen any accountability..

             
          • Trouble December 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

            Wayne, most drug addicts are killing themselves, not others.

             
    • JeremiahJoseph December 23, 2013 at 11:00 am #

      and I love seeing peoples ignorance put on the spotlight! No matter how mainstream the ideology or perspective is…

       
  5. sugarmagnolia December 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    sad to see some locals kids caught up in this crap….hope they learn from this and once they get their second chance, take advantage of it! Mammoth is not some loser desert town…we don’t want this stuff here. NOTHING good comes from using crank, you’d think people would know that

     
    • Pedro December 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      Quite a few people in Mammoth sure want that stuff there judging by news reports lately. Having trees doesn’t make you all any different. Denial and bad mouthing others isn’t going to help your recovery.

       
    • Desert Tortoise December 24, 2013 at 12:12 am #

      Like the desert, there are plenty of people up near Mammoth who have dropped out and are looking for someplace cheap and far away from other people so they can live whatever lifestyle floats their boat without worrying about such nuisances as neighbors, building codes, animal regulation, and police.

       
  6. JaneE December 23, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I went to college in the ’60s. 10 – 20 % of the students had tried at least 1 illegal drug. 95% of the students drank. (sometimes, make that usually, illegally). When people said “Speed Kills” they were not talking about cars.

    Those wild kids back then are your grandparents. Most of them did OK.

     
  7. Trouble December 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    A good paying job for these bored youth, would change things for the better for most of these kids.

     

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