Seven arrested, drugs and money seized

On Wednesday, August 1st, and, Thursday, August 2nd, 2012, the Mono County Narcotics Task Force (MONET), with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, and the Inyo County Narcotics Task Force (INET), made seven narcotics related arrests.

On the morning of Wednesday, August 1st, MONET agents served a search warrant within the Town of Mammoth Lakes relating to the suspicion of sales of heroin and methamphetamine. The search warrant resulted in three arrests and the seizure of over $4,000.00 in proceeds from the sale of the narcotics. Agents also recovered scales, packaging materials, large amounts of smoking devices, a firearm, prescription pills and methamphetamine. Benjamin John Pyorala, age 25, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for sales of heroin, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and an addict in possession of a firearm. Steven Robert Mesa, age 26, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. Jose Cortez-Lugo, age 21, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

In a separate investigation, on Wednesday, August 1st, Jessica Mari Schuricht, age 24, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for the possession and sales of morphine.

On Thursday, August 2nd, MONET agents arrested three subjects for the possession and sales of controlled substances.

Theodore Rauh, age 34, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for possession and sales of approximately 100 doses of LSD.

David Brandon Abruzzo, age 32, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for the sales of approximately 114 grams of psilocybin mushrooms. Mr. Abruzzo’s arrest led to the service of a search warrant of his residence on Joaquin Street. MONET agents seized $1,800.00 in proceeds from the sales of the narcotics and recovered approximately 2,000 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 150 doses of LSD, 985 grams of marijuana, 230 grams of hash, 5 grams of Ketamine powder, scales, and packaging material.

Peter Francis Jednak, age 21, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for the possession and sales of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, and marijuana.

All suspects were transported to the Mono County Jail without further incident.


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57 Responses to Seven arrested, drugs and money seized

  1. Trouble August 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    I don’t approve of the hard drugs, but that sure looks like someone hunting shotgun.

    • Tourbillon August 4, 2012 at 6:40 am #

      Trouble, not entirely sure I understand your point. Is it more comforting to get greased by an addict wielding a hunting shotgun than one firing an assault rifle? Or that the dealer deserves major props for correctly restraining his arsenal to approved firearms? It’s possible I have missed some subtle nuance here…

      • Trouble August 4, 2012 at 11:11 am #

        LOL- just seems like a extra charge to me. Sort of like bonus points for the cops. It looks like a bird hunting gun to me. I don’t think drug addicts should be put away for 2 extra years just because they also go bird hunting.

        • Wayne Deja August 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

          Trouble….I’m sure these drug dealers also had a “bird hunting” trip planned once they sold their goods,and the reason for the shotgun….My guess would be these guys probably already have a felony conviction in their past….making the firearm possession much more than just an “added charge”.Maybe the extra 2 years in prison will teach them,next time, to leave the guns at home while they’re doing their business.

          • Big AL August 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

            Um Wayne .. the shot gun was in a place of residense it appears .. as the article states they served search warrents. Could be they had it in the trunk of their car .. but bird season isn’t open yet.

          • Trouble August 5, 2012 at 8:02 am #

            I don’t know Wayne, I’d go bird hunting when I got out.

          • Wayne Deja August 5, 2012 at 9:00 am #

            Trouble….Chances are,after the conviction they get,and carrying around a bunch of felonies the rest of their lives,I think their bird-hunting days,or anything else that’s got to do with a firearm might be over.

        • Big AL August 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

          Well yeah I hear ya there Trouble .. that’s just it .. it might be that it was their shot gun for hunting .. might be that they had it for self defense. Most likely it was for self defense. Who knows, but yeah the extra charge will be tacked on, that is a given.

          I know what you’re saying .. even if they were not using it for the purpose of protecting their business or themselves, just having there makes them eligible for more charges in the eyes of the law.

          It could have even been someone else’s shot gun. Unfortunately they just took away their right to own a gun or possess one now for the rest of their life, now they won’t be able to go bird hunting .. dang!

          • Wayne Deja August 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

            Big Al….It IS someone else’s shotgun now….belongs to MLPD and MONET……along with all that $$$$$.

          • vince townsend August 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

            All they need to do is argue Subject matter jurisdiction and invoke Common Law Jurisdiction then They Will Get Off 🙂

        • Trouble August 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

          Hey Benett- how did I qualify for ” hot debate” ? Am I special?

          • Benett Kessler August 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

            Like I said before, I don’t look at like/dislike. Take fame when it comes by.

          • Big AL August 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

            hehe trouble don’t get all puffed out of shape there buddy. Good debate though.

          • Big AL August 7, 2012 at 12:09 am #

            And that wasn’t a dig trouble BTW

  2. upthecreek August 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    no way…. In Mammoth Lakes

    • Big AL August 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm #


  3. Trouble August 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    I think they were trying to pay off Mammoths debt.

  4. Dingo August 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Glad to see REAL drugs being in the cross hairs of the MONET and not a pothead who holds a job and who is also productive member of society with an ounce of marijuana. Good job law dogs!

    • Wayne Deja August 5, 2012 at 7:21 am #

      Dingo…..Unless I’m mistaken,looks like to me in the photos taken there is a little bit of weed in some of those baggies too…..Bottom line,no matter how some try to spin it,if someone is dealing meth,LSD,pills,heroin,etc,there is usually some pot that’s also in their drug inventory that’s got a for sale tag on it too.

      • Big AL August 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

        WOW I’m impressed Wayne, you know your drugs by sight.

      • Wayne Deja August 7, 2012 at 10:02 am #

        …..AND vise-versa……If someone is in the business of selling weed,a good bet they also have other drugs for sale in their bargin-bins…

        • Trouble August 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

          Wayne- I don’t agree. As you call it “weed’ is sold legally to any one that has enough money to get a doctor to say they have a sore toe and need it. I guarantee the approved dispensary’s in mammoth have nothing to do with a real drug dealing. Pot is a herb.

          • Wayne Deja August 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

            Trouble….I’m not saying the dispensary’s are selling anything other than weed….I’m talking about the people that don’t have a sore toe,and whom they get it from.

  5. Todd August 5, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Dingo, their is no such thing as a productive doper. Never met one…

    • Trouble August 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

      Todd- if your classifying pot smokers as a doper, I would bet most of the people you have worked with have tried it at some point.

      • JeanGenie August 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

        Yeah Trouble, and they’re easy to spot! Chronic heavy pot-smokers are semi-retarded, just like people who drink all day, or meth heads, etc. I’ve worked with several. What is really sad is these people don’t realize how messed up they are. There is a difference between those who smoke pot in moderation and chronic, heavy, users. You’d think people would want to live up to their potential, not make themselves stupid.

        • SierraFan August 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm #


          Well said!!

        • Ken Warner August 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

          …yup! Moderation in all things…

          • Tourbillon August 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

            Ken, forgive me for being pedantic, but the actual Delphic saying is “nothing in excess”. A subtle but profound difference, because unlike “all things in moderation”, “nothing in excess” logically can include “some things not at all”.

          • Ken Warner August 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm #


            Didn’t know there was a Delphic saying. That’s interesting. I’ll try and find some background on Delphic sayings for my own interest.

            I just said what I’ve seen true through the arc of my life.

            We could argue the differences in semantics between the two guidances but I take your meaning….

        • Trouble August 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

          JeanGenie- I don’t really disagree with what you say at all. I just really don’t think pot should be any more illegal than alcohol. I just wish people would stop labeling people that smoke a little pot as crazy drug addicts. I do not support legalizing the hard core drugs at all. And any body under the influence at work should be sent home at least. May i suggest you write a list of great people you admire that you know tried drugs?

        • Jeremiah August 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

          I agree JeanGenie. But our current system is a failure!
          We would think that people would want to live up to there potential but time after time we see people fall to the system that compounds the situation with probation and probation violation, like the addiction wasn’t hard enough to overcome.

          • replyer October 15, 2012 at 10:27 am #

            Someones medicine maybe someones poison, dear. No one should judge if they are taking any medicine, legal pharm or otherwise. The Courts cannot ban every herbal or plant species growing wild. Legalize cannabis, free up courts, jails, probation, prisons, parole officers; save tax dollars, lesson homeowner tax obligations. In business, Tax the retail seller, who in turn pays the Government to pay for our wars and wallstreets ripoff.

    • just one August 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      Michael Phelps was picked up a while back for smoking pot, now he is the all time olympic medal winner. Productive pot smoker

  6. Jeremiah August 6, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Take the pot away and they actually did something productive (considering the thousends of pounds of pot that are actively still in circulation in Inyo and Mono county).
    Good to see the dangorous drugs off street, It just cracks me up to see officers give high fives for getting marijuana off the street (only gave sales to the dealer right next door).
    Portugal legalized drugs and the outcome should be considered cause they are facts rather then keep speculation and fear mongering! Go look and see how much better things have become since that law has been changed.

  7. Limbaughism August 7, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    I’m waiting for:
    “Liberals smoke pot – Conservatives don’t”
    Such ridiculous nonsense passing for politics today.

    • Jeremiah August 7, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      You know somebody would believe it.
      Fox News is a prime player in the propaganda, arrogence and they do feed a lot of hate to the public, sad part is people eat it up.

    • Tourbillon August 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

      You seem to be the only one hypothesizing such nonsense. Such gratuitous demonization of your political opponents by putting false words in their mouth is poisoning politics today.

    • Big AL August 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Do you smoke pot Dr. Facts?

      • Alter Ego August 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

        Who are you talking to in that tone? No need to stoop below anyones level Albert.

        • Big AL August 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

          LOL AE … in that tone? and what tone might that be? That was a pretty heavy tone you laid on me there .. with the Albert thing .. hehe .. but really, it should be Allen.

          Just was asking if Dr. Facts smokes pot .. he seems to me like he does .. to come up with some things he comes up with. …. just saying.

          If not then might need to .. to maybe mellow him out.

  8. Emily C August 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Wheres theres a demand, theres a supply. These guys were just trying to get by. its a good business in a bad economy. As some one who has lived in Mammoth for 38 years and have worked the ins and outs of this town, you’d be quite interested in knowing where the actual demand comes from. I know you guys are all gonna bash my comment, keep it coming. you cant hide from the real truth of the situation.

    • just one August 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      I have been here most of my life as well and Emily, you are spot on. A lot, not all but a lot of that demand comes from some folks that run our finest establishments, folks that wear suits. Folks you would never expect are loaded while you talk to them

      • Big AL August 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

        mostly you can tell someone is stoned. unless they have a very bright future that requires them to wear sunglasses.

    • Big AL August 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

      no EM it was a legit comment .. I think you’re right .. you’d be surprised.

  9. Alter Ego August 9, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    If people want to ruin there lives, let them. Its a waste to think we are doing any good putting the drug user in jail. Leave jail for the dealers, manufactures, and crime organizations that make it so accessable.
    But who wants to leave the local sherrifs and law enforcement with less to do, especailly the young rookies who are hungary for some action.

  10. sierragrl August 9, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Arresting people for LSD and mushrooms? When’s the last time you heard of someone causing trouble or committing a crime while on LSD or mushrooms? That is lame MONET. Your job it to keep the real stuff off the streets. I have no problem with you attacking heroin, meth, morphine…but come on, going after hallucinogenics…sounds like you’re trying to justify your existence. Come to think about it, the LEO spend more time dealing with drunks on a daily basis then anyone on drugs. That said I’m still anti most drugs because they cause so much harm in people’s lives (like the ones I listed above), but so then does alcohol…I know more people who’s lives are a mess from alcohol then I do from all drugs combined!

    • Benett Kessler August 9, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      May I remind you that MONET is enforcing the law. The drugs you named as no big deal are still illegal.
      Benett Kessler

  11. Alter Ego August 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I am gonna say a majority of people agree with Sierragrl. With that being said its proof our repersentitives dont repersent us in congress, they repersent a corrupt system. Furthermore anyone backing these useless laws that harm more then help is part of the problem. Benett you say that it is illegal as a way it is justified being the best approach. So I guess people can make the argument slavery is right cause it was legal?

    • Benett Kessler August 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      I am not making any statement about rightness or wrongness. Just about the law. Unless it changes,
      law enforcement must follow it.

  12. sierragrl August 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    I think that response is a cop out…no pun intended…many other things are illegal that are not enforced…speeding for one…you don’t get a ticket unless you are going way over the speed limit…Laws are frequently selectively enforced. If LEO arrested people with LSD/Mushrooms who also had the other drugs, that would be one thing, but to actively seek out someone with hallucinogenics seems like a huge waste of time and resources

    • Benett Kessler August 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      How do you know what the investigation involved?
      Benett Kessler

  13. Mammothite August 10, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Im surprised that nobody has pointed out that David Abruzzo, one of the accused, was the manager of Steve Klassen’s pot dispensary. Kind of undermines the legitimacy of the whole “we’re helping poor patients in pain” when youre also selling ketamine. Let’s be realistic, most people are still smoking to get high, rather than treat medical ailments. To pretend otherwise is foolish. That like me saying the Mammoth Brewery Golden Trout Ale I have after work is medicinal. Sure, I enjoy it, but it’s not medicine, and like weed is a trade off between benefit and harm.

    • small town girl August 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      Steve Klassen is a business man, he ran a business.Mammoth Mountain and many other fine establishments in town have hired people who have been arrested on charges. I even remember a very big drug bust when I was a kid by one of our local favorite local contractors. Does that mean that all those businesses should be identified as suspects to drug dealers?

      I am a medical patient. I am young and have a terminal disease. Medical Marijuana makes my life a little easier. Be in the shoes of the patients before you speak ill about medical marijuana.

  14. Keri October 8, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    The people who are defending this persons actions seem like they are associates of the accused, rushing to his defense. However they fail to realize how reckless disregard for others actions such as dealing drugs, also brings with it a a degree of disrespect for the well being of others lives. When one is spending time and resources pursuing fruitless endeavors, the reaping of thoseactions will also bring such. No one is saying medical marijuana is bad, however, those involved in the campaign for such things should act accordingly. Dealing unnecessary drugs does not enhance the battle for legalizing medical marijuana, yet brings the reality into light. There are innocent people and animals who go to the way side when someone is engaging in this kind of lifestyle. The posts in defense of these actions are short-sided and unintelligible. I am tired of the feeble attempts at justifying drug dealing in mammoth. This is whats wrong with Mammoth in the first place. It attracts transient types who wish to call it home but have nothing tangible to offer the town. They bring their drugs and their lazy dope head friends with them and add to the problems that are pre-existing. I know Mammoth very well. It used to be cool. I remember when Mammoth used to be about having fun, now its about having money. “Rich kids” whose parents pay their way to live in an over priced town, are also enabling this type of behavior. We dont need drugs in Mammoth. If people want medical marijuana, fine. But leave it at that.

  15. concerned October 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    sierra girl, your posts are unintelligible.

  16. concerned October 15, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Also, small town girl. The opening line of your post is hilarious. So and so is a business man, he ran a business. LOL. I am embarassed for you.


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