Man, mother and a juvenile arrested in multi-agency drug investigation

Juan Vargas Gutierrez

Juan Vargas Gutierrez

MONET narcotics investigation leads to several arrests  (press release)

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

During the past couple of weeks, as part of a continuous narcotics investigation, MONET agents, along with the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, were following leads regarding a local methamphetamine distributor around the Town of Mammoth Lakes. With information of a pending narcotics sale, MONET agents observed Juan Manuel Vargas Gutierrez, age 21, of Bishop, CA, meet with a female, in his parked vehicle, in a parking lot. The female purchased one ounce of methamphetamine from Mr. Gutierrez and his mother, Maria Socorro Vargas Gomez, age 39, also of Bishop, CA. The transaction was completed and Mr. Gutierrez drove away.

Mr. Gutierrez then met with a juvenile in another parking lot, outside of his vehicle, and exchanged six (6) bindles of methamphetamine to the juvenile. Mr. Gutierrez returned to his vehicle and drove away. Mammoth Lakes Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. Mr. Gutierrez and Ms. Gomez were placed under arrest and transported to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department without incident.

Upon questioning of Mr. Gutierrez, he stated he and his mother had driven to Mammoth Lakes from Bishop with the intent to sell and distribute methamphetamine. He stated he had provided methamphetamine to the juvenile before, as the juvenile helped Mr. Gutierrez distribute the methamphetamine. A search warrant was obtained for the resident of the juvenile where the six (6) bindles of methamphetamine were discovered and recovered from inside the handle bars of the juvenile’s scooter. Juvenile probation was contacted and took the juvenile into custody without incident. A second search warrant was obtained by the Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), for Mr. Gutierrez’s resident in Bishop. INET agents discovered and recovered additional methamphetamine, a digital scale, and additional packing materials from the residence. The total methamphetamine recovered from this incident was approximately thirty (30) ounces. Mr. Gutierrez and Ms. Gomez were transported and booked into the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident.

Juan Manuel Vargas Gutierrez, age 21, of Bishop, CA, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; transportation of a controlled substance; using a minor as a selling agent; and conspiracy to commit a crime. Mr. Gutierrez is currently in custody. Maria Socorro Vargas Gomez, age 39, of Bishop, CA, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; transportation of a controlled substance; and conspiracy to commit a crime.

The juvenile was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; and transportation of a controlled substance.

All charges for this incident are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.

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




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23 Responses to Man, mother and a juvenile arrested in multi-agency drug investigation

  1. Pedro January 24, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Bob Todd
    If you had saved plethora headline for this bust, I wouldn’t have argued.

  2. Wayne Deja January 24, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    With this story,and in response to “Michael D’s” comment on the January 21 drug bust story,I think the same Michael D. that called me out to be an out-of-work idiot,on that story he stated “The problem with meth addiction is not a Law Enforcement issue,it’s a medical issue.Treatment and ongoing support are the solution”……..I guess Law Enforcement should have stayed out of this one too,huh,Michael D.?…..maybe we all should focus more on “ongoing support” for these two (mother and son ) that involved a juvenile in their(alleged) dealing meth…hidden in the handlebars of his scooter….ARE YOU KIDDING ME !!…

    • JeremiahJoseph January 24, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

      Wayne, what I try to elude to is how the criminal justice system leaves out relevant social sciences, because we are a reflection of our Bio-Social Environment, especially in those critical times of development….

      • Pynion Pete January 25, 2014 at 12:59 am #

        Biosocial Theory is a theory in behavioral and social science that reduces personality disorders and mental illnesses and disabilities to biologically-determined personality traits reacting to environmental stimuli.[

    • Tom O January 25, 2014 at 9:49 am #

      All one has to do is sit in the parking lot at Right Aid for 10minutes……you’ll see this going on any giving day.

  3. JeremiahJoseph January 25, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    I meant “bio psyhco social environment”, Dr. Gabor Mate’ can rely the meanings better than I can.
    but good bust by the way.. That’s a win. But more like “when will it stop?”

  4. Trouble January 25, 2014 at 6:51 am #

    Damn, i’ve never even seen my mom drunk.

  5. 2 cents January 25, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    Nothing new.

  6. josh January 25, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Now this sounds more like a “Plethora” of druggs 🙂

  7. Tinner January 25, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Ignorance breeds ignorance.

    Did Tara have the day off?

  8. Mongo The Idiot January 25, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Question; Is MONET pronounced the same as the French artist, or the same as Mo- Net?

    • Sierra Lady January 25, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

      Mongo, I assume you are being sarcastic?

      Just in case you’re not:

      Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team(MONET)

      B. Richter

      • Mongo The Idiot January 26, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

        What is so peculiar about the question?
        Is it unclear?
        The link did not provide any information about pronunciation of the acronym.
        I’m sorry it offended you Sierra Lady.

        • Pedro January 26, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

          Mongo, we do not like ze French. or their fries.

          • Desert Tortoise January 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

            We like their fries if you super-size 🙂

          • Mongo The Idiot January 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

            Got it..
            It aint’ art, it’s MO- Net.

  9. sugar magnolia January 25, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    The REALLY sad part of this story is that numerous juveniles were buying this crap..come on kids, be smarter than that…this stuff will ruin your life and nothing good comes from using it. There are a lot of worthwhile things out there if you want to expand your mind…meth is not one of them!

    • Mongo The Idiot January 25, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      Are parents attractive enough to kids to be thoroughly effective in providing support to those needing to explore alternatives?
      Kids seem to relate better to people in the community other than their parents.
      Could this be why the pusher wins their trust so frequently?
      Also, are productive people in the community comfortable helping kids, or is the consideration of child abuse threats or other life priorities too great to make random community involvement possible?
      Have we become so corrective, fearful, and protective in our society that many of our antiquated historical societal safety nets have failed to function?
      Are we over reliant on government in this way, or does the balance of cost to benefit make our current system that appears to fail in many cases worthwhile?

  10. ? January 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    2cents, what do you mean, nothing new?

  11. Desert Tortoise January 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Funny but an observation about the relative ages of the mother and son gets edited out. You can do the subtraction and see what I mean, and speculate on what social dynamics bring mother and son to their current low position in life, selling drugs to minors. Nice family. We’ll see if this post survives.

  12. Rick O'Brien January 28, 2014 at 1:13 am #

    For the up-teenth time…meth is the scourge of the earth.

    • Desert Tortoise January 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

      And a major income source for North Korea (the government itself used to manufacture it in government owned labs for distribution to the global underworld) where it is legal to use, along with pot (which is called “mouth tobacco”). Might explain some North Korean behaviors.

  13. able body January 29, 2014 at 4:47 am #

    I looked it up and one ounce costs approximately $1,700 and is about 110 hits of meth. Wow. 30 ounces is a lot of meth. Great job MONET.


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