Pair arrested with plethora of drugs

– Press release from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office:

On the evening of January 11, 2014, at approximately 10:50 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling northbound on Hwy 395 near Walker.

Braden Marsh

Braden Marsh, age 22, of Escondido, CA, and passenger, Merissa Sanchez, age 18, also of Escondido, CA, were stopped by deputies on northbound Hwy 395 near Hackney Drive in Walker for speeding. As deputies approached the vehicle, a strong odor of marijuana emitted from the vehicle. Both Mr. Marsh and Ms. Sanchez were asked to exit the vehicle. Upon a vehicle search, a black purse was located under the rear passenger seat floor board containing over three hundred (300) grams of concentrated cannabis candies; four (4) grams of concentrated cannabis wax; nine (9) grams of psilocybin mushrooms; two (2) blotter tabs of LSD; five (5) capsules of ecstasy; seven (7) grams of marijuana; a digital scale; multiple plastic packaging bags; and a glass pipe. Located along the center console of the vehicle, two (2) large glass bongs were also recovered. Mr. Marsh and Ms. Sanchez were arrested and transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident.

Merissa Sanchez

Braden Marsh, age 22, of Escondido, CA, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; transportation of a controlled substance; possession of concentrated cannabis; possession of marijuana for sale; and possession of marijuana while driving. Mr. Marsh is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail.

Merissa Sanchez, age 18, of Escondido, CA, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; transportation of a controlled substance; possession of concentrated cannabis; and possession of marijuana for sale. Ms. Sanchez is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail.

All charges for Mr. Marsh and Ms. Sanchez are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.


32 Responses to Pair arrested with plethora of drugs

  1. I Love To Fish January 16, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    “Welcome to Mono County, Please step out from your vehicle.”

    “Do you need a free room at The Mono County Inn?”

    “Was your visit a pleasant one?”

    “Then we hope to see you again soon!”

  2. Mongo The Idiot January 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Naughty, Naughty, Naughty…
    Definitely not a plethora as in superabundance, yet a wide and varied selection.
    Sorry to see such an innocent LooKING young couple mixed up in so much Trouble.
    Moral of the story?
    I can smell your burning weed in front of me on 395 @ 70MPH and I don’t like it.
    Please wait till you get home to expand and contract your consciousness.
    Perhaps a billboard (in Mojave) is in order;
    “Buzzed driving fines cost a minimum of $10,000” and…
    “395 patrolled by drug sniffing dogs”.
    I hope the point of these arrests is to keep INTOXICATED HALLUCINATING people of of the road.

    • Desert Tortoise January 17, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      How come I cannot get the lyrics to White Rabbit out of my head now, heh, heh, heh. Were they on their way to see Alice?

  3. Big Rick OBrien January 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    The ” mules” never learn, do they ?

  4. Plethora my eye January 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    Barely enough to get through a Cheech and Chong album collection.

  5. Trouble January 16, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    Sounds like my prom night in the 70’s.

  6. Trouble January 16, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    Do these kids really belong in prison?

    • Tinner January 17, 2014 at 11:22 am #


      • Trouble January 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

        Why? Do you feel safer ? At forty thousand a year we ought to be sending them to college.

    • Desert Tortoise January 17, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Yes they do.

      • Benett Kessler January 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

        Please, people. Innocent until proven guilty. Don’t want to try them here.
        Benett Kessler

        • Pedro January 17, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

          Why would SW use “plethora of” in this headline? Sounds like a plethora of hyperbole on your part. Besides the cannabis, there is 2 doses of LSD, 4 doses of mushrooms, 5 doses of “ecstasy”. I don’t consider three substances in personal use amounts a “plethora”. Possible DUI is the only news here and they didn’t arrest for that.

          • Bob Todd January 19, 2014 at 10:58 am #

            Pedro – I wrote that headline and stand by it, despite some opinions that there was not a “plethora” of drugs.

            I count three types of cannabis, LSD, mushrooms and ecstasy – yes, I consider that an abundance of drugs for a trip (pun intended) to Tahoe or wherever.

            Hyperbole would be, “Young drug fiends caught with huge amounts of dangerous and illegal drugs that would kill most law-abiding citizens”.

            Get back to your nit-picking, Pedro, I’m getting ready for a big 49er win!


          • Trouble January 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

            What’s Todd going to report about when all these dangerous drugs are considered legal?

          • Benett Kessler January 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

            He’ll report on what’s news!
            Benett Kessler

          • Wayne Deja January 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

            Bob Todd….You have to understand,for some,if it’s to be considered a “plethora” of drugs in ones vehicle,it has to be an amount with the weight of a 12 foot overhead camper in order to warrant a search and arrest….or even a reason for LE not look the other way….and it would have to be a large amount of heroin,since some see any other type of dangerous drug as should be legal in their eyes….or a reason,if stopped,detained or arrested,a good chance to file a lawsuit claiming their rights were violated,demanding a bunch of money AND their drugs back….in this story,isn’t it nice,and safe, thinking a couple of young, inexperienced drivers and travelers are going from San Diego to Tahoe or wherever on Hwy.395 with a bunch of hallucinagenic drugs on their person,and probably in their systems, sharing the highway with the rest of us that choose to obey the laws….just great……

        • Mongo The Idiot January 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

          I am impressed BK; you possess a rare combination of kindness and wisdom in your editorial skills. Your demarcation line is quite a bit wider than the big news groups. For me, it keeps the story interesting by leaving a lot more of the human side open for discussion but not without the temperance of cruelty.

    • Desert Tortoise January 17, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      You went so low so early in life. A sad commentary.

      • Pedro January 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

        DT, you went so condescending late in life. A sad commentary.

    • Bemused January 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      Somewhat debatable, but probably not.

  7. Dude January 17, 2014 at 12:37 am #

    Girls just want to have fun!

  8. Wayne Deja January 17, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    …They probably already hired a lawyer and planning a “lawsuit” against the County…

    • Pedro January 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

      Wayne, have a problem with people defending themselves in court?

  9. enoughalready January 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    “Pair Arrested with a Smorgasbord of Drugs”
    I guess they did not know of the hassel free Smith Valley cut-off or the eastside
    What a parade we have on 395. Keep the clown cars coming.

    • Charles O. Jones January 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      There’s another hassle free way that’s much simpler – don’t drive impaired, don’t carry a plethora of illegal drugs and don’t break the speed limit.

  10. JeremiahJoseph January 17, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    This is sad, and it makes me mad to hear people say these people deserve to be in prison because the policy’s and procedures are not leaving less drugs on the street, if you haven’t noticed, they have become easier to make and more potent, drug use should be looked at as human health issue. There is no end in sight with this approach and it waste’s cops time and resources to think it is serving the public any good.

    Here I’ll leave out my opinion and give you some data and FACTS!
    -In 1971 when Richard Nixon declared the “war on drugs” he asked for 84 million dollars, NOW the national drug control budget requested 25.6 BILLION in 2013, with over a trillion dollars all together in the effort, and what have “we the people” have to show for it?, Except DEBT! Oh yeah and more drugs, easier access, more potency and more users, GOOD JOB People!

    -Almost half of the federal prison population is non violent drug users.

    -Draconian mandatory sentencing laws can send KIDS to prison for decades.

    I know the cops around here would get really bored if they didn’t have drugs to play hide and seek with, but then they would have more time to serve the public, feeding off of the citizens is not service, and I’ll say it again, when you have investors on Wall St. making profits off of incarceration rates you give a money incentive to lock people up.

    And don’t push your fear on me, I have real worries like, how in West Virginia we have a huge disaster of people’s water supply being majorly polluted, but since it is a Corporation it’s business as usual, anything else it would be considered terrorism, and thats injustice in a major way, so stop trying to get me to be afraid of people who are struggling with drugs, my generation has a lot more bigger things to worry about…

  11. Yacht Rocked January 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    Why does “Hot Debate. What do you think?” and “Well-loved. Like or Dislike.” keep showing up on so many posts here. Is this a software feature, bug, or deliberate human-induced annoyance?

  12. ferdinand lopez January 19, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    and a partridge in a pair treeeeeeeeeeeee

  13. ferdinand lopez January 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    how can you thumbs down a x-mas song

  14. Charlie January 31, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    I think all law enforcement in the Eastern Sierra should just pack it up for a few months and just let us all sort it out on our own. If these brutish cops would just leave all of the poor drug users alone, we’d have a much better place to live. I’ve lived in other rural parts of the state with way less law enforcement, and those areas are just amazing….Oh wait, disproportionate amounts of crime compared to the total population- thefts, burglaries, violent crime, impaired driving injuries and deaths, CPS having to ship kids out of county to keep up with all those removed from dangerous homes, gang/cartel related marjiuana grows, meth labs, tweakers and junkies everywhere…….it’s called Calaveras County…..coming soon to Mono County. What Mono County really needs is less cops and more drugs. Yes, that will work out well.


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