Two Bishop men arrested on drug charges

– Inyo County press releases

On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Agents with the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), along with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, served a search warrant at a residence at the Highlands mobile home park in Bishop.

Eryk James Finney

Eryk James Finney

At the residence, Agents seized over half an ounce of methamphetamine, a scale, evidence of drug sales, and drug paraphernalia.

The primary suspect of the investigation, Eryk James Finney (age 35) of Bishop, was located inside the living room of the residence at the time of the search warrant service.

Finney was arrested and booked at the Inyo

Finney EvidenceCounty Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on bail pending arraignment.



On Thursday, February 12, 2015, Agents with the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), along with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, served a search warrant at a residence on Elm Street in the City of Bishop. At the residence, Agents seized just over an ounce of methamphetamine, scales, evidence of drug sales, and drug paraphernalia.

Russell Graves

Russell Graves

The primary suspect of the investigation was not present during the service of the search warrant but was notified by Agents via cellphone of the findings. The primary suspect, Russell Kent Graves (age 63) of Bishop, turned himself in to Agents later on in the day. He was placed under arrest without further incident.

Graves was booked at the Inyo County Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on bail pending arraignment.Graves-evidence-672x372



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18 Responses to Two Bishop men arrested on drug charges

  1. Indy Resident February 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Happy to see they are doing something… There are two crack houses less than a block away from the jail in Independence. Is this not their main office? ‘We’ as residents watch this everyday. We know everyones name, vehicles, time schedules, etc. We call it in, but its just circumstantial or some bullcrap. We watch the deals everyday. Pretty sad when the legal system wont allow the officers to do their job.

    • Desert Tortoise February 21, 2015 at 11:43 am #

      You cannot get a judge to issue a warrant unless you have probable cause. That is a 4th Amendment protection you don’t want to see weakened. Better to let some guilty people go free than to arrest or detain, or search the home of someone who innocent and law abiding. Just from your post we do not know what the strength of the information you gave the police is and a judge won’t issue a warrant on a rumor.

  2. Trouble February 20, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    I find it hard to beleive that Indy has two crack houses. I’m sure the Sheriff would be all over them if there was. I’ll be waiting to read more on that one.

    • The Aggressive Progressive February 20, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

      I don’t know Trouble, whether people know it or not, Meth is cheaper now then it ever has been, how is that? who is winning this battle? NOBODY! Everybody is loosing…
      Thumbs up or thumbs down, just know Meth is cheaper now then it was 10 years ago, FACT! Yeah I would give that News a Thumbs down too.

  3. Desert Tortoise February 21, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    I guess I am glad I don’t know these things AP. Very happy actually.

    • The Aggressive Progressive February 23, 2015 at 11:15 am #

      Well Desert Tortoise, I do my best to exert actual “love thy neighbor” and “treat people the way you would like to be treated” actions, and doing so I do not see the LAWS approach or Police Officers implemented policies being the answer to someone who already has major addiction problems, and/or who may not have the luxury of having a strong support system some have, this is a issue!
      If people don’t see it or choose not to see it, it’s still happening within community’s to a potential neighbor or friend…. and when the law continues to spend money combating the people who are consuming these toxins, history shows its not helping the drug problem or people who now have the ability to CONSUME and DISPERSE it CHEAPER! Somebody please explain to me what “tax dollars” are for and what “serve and protect” means…?

      Ignorance is bliss!

      • Desert Tortoise February 24, 2015 at 7:24 am #

        I have nothing for the low life who use drugs. Want nothing to do with them in my life and could care less what the price of this or that drug is. You want to degrade yourself that way? Don’t come looking for sympathy from me. If you drink, smoke or use drugs you aren’t coming into my home and I don’t wish to associate with you in any way. Too bad if you don’t like it.

        • The Aggressive Progressive February 25, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

          Degrade myself? I’m just sayin, from a tax payers standpoint, information about the outcomes and circumstances that arise from previous actions or policies should be considered relevant to voter, and info should be made available when “we the people” share our opinion or cast our vote.. Come on Desert Tortoise, how can you continue to give blind dedication to the authorities or law enforcement who expend billions of dollars (collectively) to eradicate multiple types of toxic substances from the public’s possession, while at the same time it is becoming more available and cheaper???

          If you can’t see the obviousness of how economics has now become more important then public health and ecological health, but of course, if you just don’t care, I understand where you are coming from…

          • Desert Tortoise February 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

            I deeply resent being forced to accept drug users among us. The are the scum of the earth, the lowest of the low but too many seem willing to look the other way and accept it. The don’t deserve to walk among honest people. Don’t count me among you.

        • The Aggressive Progressive February 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

          You mad bro?

  4. Bishop Local February 21, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    Karma caught up to Mr. F. Some people never change. It’s embarrassing to his child(ren). Now I feel better about for my kid growing up without that crap around this area. Why poison your body? It’s new mental illness. If you do it, GET HELP, fast!!!

  5. Badfinger February 24, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

    As the Economy Collapses, we will see more and more METH on the streets in every American community, all the police can do is put their finger in the dyk as it all Collapses along with their public Pension Funds, The IMF. Illuminatii already said America will no longer the lead super power come 2016, The BRICKS Nations will Rise as the western nations Collapse, the War Economy No Longer works, sad but True

    • Desert Tortoise February 26, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

      Laughable. The US has the strongest economy on the planet and fewer problems than any of our competitors. Anyone remember the 1990s when everyone was saying Japan was about to eclipse the US as the world’s pre-eminent economy? Now look at Japan. China has worse demographics than Japan does on top of a similar bubble economy to that which killed Japans economy in the 1990s and Russia is in a population free fall now with male life expectancy down to only 59 years. Brazil? Not quite. Their economy is stalled and nothing has been done about the millions living in shanty towns ringing their major cities or the drug gangs that control them. India is “wealthy” only by virtue of having the worlds first or second largest population. Individually they are deeply empoverished and their infrastructure is a shambles, and far behind Chinas, which itself is still lacking. The US has problems but they are a lot more manageable than those of our competitors but they only look bad if you believe the doom and gloom clap trap the right likes to feed people so they become so scared they willingly surrender all the good things they have worked for to the wealthy. That is what the whole doom and gloom fairy tale is about. Scaring you into parting with wages, benefits and public services our parents and grandparents worked hard to establish, all so the wealthy can have more of what you have. You’ve been chumped and are probably too blind to even see it.

      • The Aggressive Progressive February 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

        The strongest economy on the planet, that’s just laughable! Haven’t you seen how propped up and inherently invalid our monetary system is? or how the business class (Corporations) has totally taken over our political system? But if you want to beat your chest over USA’s economy compared to the world’s economy, carry on, but what about the average citizens economy compared to USA’s economy, where are those gains going? Have you seen the current state of wall st and how another prefabricated bubble is being created? just know groups like are gaining on the naysayers, lobbyists and the status quo keepers who embrace this corrupt and outdated establishment called USA, on that note a couple days ago, New Jersey joins Vermont, California and Illinois to call for a constitutional convention to get money out of politics, states utilizing state power!

      • Ken Warner February 26, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

        DT: you nailed it….

  6. Desert Tortoise February 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    And btw, Russia’s GDP fell below that of California. 140 million Russians produce fewer goods and services than 38 million Californians measured by their value. Russia is a hollow shell. Other than a bunch of old and poorly maintained nukes, they are nothing, maybe the weakest they’ve been since WWI.

  7. High Water February 26, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    Some local druggies should be the least of your concern.
    What you should be worried about is Obama. He just got his hands on the inter-web and now he’s banning bullets! Your guns are next !

    • Ken Warner February 27, 2015 at 2:28 am #

      High Water: You are so miss informed that you think the best thing to happen to your ability to publish garbage is some how not going to help you.

      Read the comments:

      An artist New York, NY 7 hours ago
      So, I assume this will allow the government to tax internet access the way it does telephones (landline and mobile services) and raise prices for everyone — not to mention requiring a ten-page billing statement with indecipherable references to Federal taxes and surcharges. Thank you, Obama.

      Ally Minneapolis 6 hours ago
      This turn of events really shows how knee-jerk anti-government beliefs have become a pathology among the American public. I’ve never seen so many misinformed people.

      Guys, this is a good thing! You’re a consumer, not a Comcast executive!


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