MONET bust leads to high-speed pursuit

The following press release was issued by the Mono County Sheriff’s Department:

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Mono County Narcotics Task Force (MONET), along with the assistance of the Inyo County Narcotics Task Force (INET), Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department and the Bishop Police Department, concluded an investigation in Mammoth Lakes into the transportation and sales of methamphetamine.


MONET agents arranged to purchase methamphetamine from Hector Pacheco, Jr., age 34, of Ontario, CA. Mr. Pacheco met with the undercover agents and completed the transaction sale. As the transaction was completed, an arrest team attempted to take him into custody. Mr. Pacheco got into his vehicle and rapidly accelerated away nearly striking a member of the arrest team. As Mr. Pacheco fled the scene, he struck a Mono County Sheriff’s patrol unit that was attempting to stop him. He fled at a high rate of speed down Old Mammoth Road failing to stop at two controlled intersections.

Mr. Pacheco continued to flee outside of the Town of Mammoth Lakes traveling southbound on to Hwy 203 and onto Hwy 395 at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Law enforcement officers pursued him from Mammoth Lakes to just outside of Bishop. His vehicle was stopped by law enforcement officers using the PIT maneuver (a pursuit tactic used to force a fleeing vehicle to stop). Mr. Pacheco was arrested without further incident and transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport. As a result of the arrest, MONET agents seized a ½ pound of methamphetamine. Mr. Pacheco is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail facing charges of felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon, and transportation and sales of narcotics.

MONET would like to thank all the agencies that assisted with this case. It was a successful team effort.


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20 Responses to MONET bust leads to high-speed pursuit

  1. Dingo April 30, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    MONET should be thanking the man upstairs that nobody was killed or injured by this idiot as he was fleeing the police. I hope MONET learns from this, he should have never been given the opportunity to get back into his car, it doesn’t appear he can run very fast so unfortunately I believe MONET blew it here by allowing this guy to reach his car. Coulda shoulda woulda I know but were talking a Saturday afternoon on fishing opener, IF those were the sirens I heard while sipping a tasty margarita on Old Mammoth Road. But I am glad they got their man and nobody was hurt. Also thankful they got him before entering Bishop.
    All in all good job MONET but as far as allowing this out of shape nitwit to get back into his car…don’t let that happen again! Or as a former employer once told me “Dont be sorry, just don’t let it happen again.”

    • Seriously? June 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

      Dingo, neither you nor I were there…things never go as planned. You can’t quarterback the arrest and how it went…you weren’t involved.

  2. Trouble April 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    The need to add the charge of being STUPID.

    • Rob April 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

      If stupid was a crime we could have the chief arrest everyone at TOML

      • Trouble April 30, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

        You got that right Rob! The chief probably would if he could.

    • Big Rick O'Brien May 1, 2012 at 1:07 am #


  3. Rob April 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Wayne plenty of material here to get you posting.

    This is exactly the type of criminal MONET and INET should be arresting. Good job ya’ll.

    • Wayne Deja April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

      Good job to get this dope dealer off the streets….but I got to agree with Dingo…if in fact this guy was allowed to get back into his vehicle…The story says when he jumped into his vehicle to flee,he nearly hit an arresting officer….For that reason alone,who would have blamed the officers if they opened fire,and not only prevented this dangerous pursuit,but his behavior was also putting Law Enforcement in a lot of danger AT THE SCENE of the attempted arrest.Should have put him down right there in Mammoth…..

      • Big AL August 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

        Wayne, it might have been, that they didn’t open fire .. because of the danger of stray rounds? Maybe they showed constraint there … it might have been that there were by standers around .. in light of the shooting at the Empire State building in NYC .. all of the injuries were from friendly fire. .. just saying .. as someone said, we were not there.

        Good thing they got him before he got further and possibly killed people in town, running through town in the middle of the day. So there’s you PIT maneuver Big Rick, they did it for ya this time.

        As much as you rehearse it and do it .. it it can always go wrong in a heart beat .. but yeah goad no one got hurt and they took this dude down.

    • Big AL August 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      LOL Rob

  4. sierragrl April 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Oh, so that’s why the CHP car flew by me at a very unsafe 100 mph…I was slowing in the number 1 lane to turn at the green church and there was a slow moving vehicle in the number 2 lane…this CHP car squeezed by as I slowly merged into the left turn lane…it was scary, there was no room for error, not worth risk at all in my mind. His lights were not visible from the front and the sound from his siren was probably trailing far behind at the speed he was going. Really think about it, a car accident with someone hurt or killed is not worth speeding down the highway to get a guy in Inyo or Mono counties. The odds are you will get him anyway as where the heck can he go?

    • Big AL August 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

      Yes you’re right sierragrl, in a situation such as that, the officer should have taken a few seconds to slow enough to make it safe for everyone, but the adrenaline is pumping and things get forgotten. a lot of times such as this, the officer in your situation was racing to assist most likely, could have caused an accident and killed people, it has happened before.
      The thing is, they can’t predict the actions of drivers that are in their paths, they may be able to control their vehicle in most situations, but when stuff happens, it is out of control.

  5. John Barton April 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Another low life peddling his chemicals in our eastside communities.

    • Rob May 1, 2012 at 7:11 am #


  6. Bill April 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Good job MONET, and all the other agencies. Another scumbag off the streets…

    Look people, it’s really easy to armchair quarterback when a crime is going down – nobody got hurt and we can always play the woulda, coulda, shoulda game – life is dangerous sometimes.

    Dingo you have a good point I’m sure the LEO’s were not stoked he was able to get to his car… but messy things happen.

    Hats off to our local LEO’s it is not easy to be a cop. They do the nastiest jobs that many of us cannot even fathom.

  7. NewEra May 1, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Hats off to the officer that applied the PIT maneuver!!
    Good Job!!
    There is plenty more nasty illicit drugs out there in our valley. Our communitys are too small and tight, for these city mentallitys to come and push there evils on our communitys, without most of us noticing.
    All meth, heroin, and cocaine come from out of town. these should be a main focus!

    Marijuana and prescription pills are everywhere, the sell of these by individuals should always be illeagal. if regulated properly it will alleviate all the resources wasted on a false sense of accomplishment, and high five’s law enforcement give eachother when they think they kept people from using these two easily found substances.

    Again nice job officers for getting all that meth off the street and the coward who thought he could run back to his filthy city..

  8. Brown Pride June 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    I left a reply on digo’s comment, I guess the truth hurts.. As I posted before, to all you evil people who posted they should have put Hector down should really go to church and ask God for forgiveness so the devil can come out your evil life. With that said… I’m going to pray for all you evil people.

  9. ferdinand lopez August 26, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    typical of one of my fellow hipanics to bring drugs into the sierras where people are trying to get the hell away from drug dealing scumbags like you find in the flats

    • Diversity needed August 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

      “typical of one of my fellow hispanics…”
      fellow hipanics?
      Methinks “fellow hispanic” Ferdinand Lopez” just may be in disguise.

  10. Big AL August 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Brown pride .. I hear what you’re saying, the truth should never hurt, it should set one free though .. Yes the truth convicts. So as for your final comment .. “all of you evil people” you are out of line, you as a Christian can not say such things … if you are following Jesus in your heart.

    It’s one thing to feel that in your heart, it is natural, but your understanding of God’s heart should over ride that and not allow you to say it. That is truth my friend.

    For the crap this guy is doing, he should pay, and he should be taken off the street for selling drugs and he should be prayed for, God has not counted him out yet, we all can change. but this guy chose to endanger people’s live initially through his selling these drugs, and then to try to evade the police, knowingly putting so many in harms way.

    You need to take a look inside as well and hear what God say’s to you in your comments, we all can use conviction, pray for it all and trust in hope. “Do not repay evil with evil”.

    Mr. Lopez … it could have been anyone black white brown, and it is always someone of color .. color meaning … it could be any color, of the aforementioned colors.


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