No Tail Lights Result in Big Bust for Inyo Sheriff Deputies in Lone Pine

You’d think that if you had $100,665 in cash on you, you could afford to have your taillights fixed.

It’s amazing how crooks get caught over the dumbest things.

LONE PINE, CA, June 10, 2020 – Shortly after midnight on June 9, Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop in Lone Pine on a vehicle with no tail lights. During the traffic stop Deputies detected a strong smell of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. While temporarily detaining the four occupants of the vehicle, Deputies observed a loaded handgun under the driver’s side seat.

Due to improper storage of a loaded handgun, and the strong smell of marijuana, a canine search of the vehicle was conducted. The vehicle search revealed two additional loaded handguns, narcotics, and $100,665 in cash packaged in shrink wrapped plastic.

All four suspects were arrested for weapon and narcotics charges and are being held at the Inyo County Jail; bail has been set at $75,000 for each.

The suspects have been identified as: Martin Perez (32 years old from Reno and Las Vegas NV), Alberto Caro Torres (32 years old from Reno NV), Jose Caro Torres (23 years old from Reno NV), and Cristian Torres (23 years old from Reno NV).

Martin Perez and Alberto Torres were later identified as registered Sureños gang members and convicted felons.

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17 Responses to No Tail Lights Result in Big Bust for Inyo Sheriff Deputies in Lone Pine

  1. Ray Brown June 13, 2020 at 8:07 am #

    what ever you call it less money means less protection !!!

  2. Almost Native June 11, 2020 at 9:45 pm #

    Charles , the Sheriff dept covers every other city in this county just fine. Do you know who to call if you live on the Reservation ?
    It just makes sense to all be on the same page.

  3. June bug June 11, 2020 at 7:48 pm #

    So it’s not defunding it’s rerouting. Different word same outcome. That’s hilarious by the way. Lol.

  4. Almost Native June 11, 2020 at 6:43 pm #

    This may not be the right time to address this issue,
    but I do think our County Sheriffs are more professional and treat people better then Bishop PD. I think Bishop should contract out to our county officials. Or at least look into it.

    • Charles James June 11, 2020 at 7:51 pm #

      This is a topic that seems to come up every few years, usually when the city is dealing with substantial budget deficits as a result of a poor economy.

      My impression of the current Bishop Police Department is that it is well-run, professional, and has very good, even exceptional leadership. Chief Ted Stec has proven to be a very good, progressive leader who appears to set a good example for the men and women of the department. He is also very involved in the community. The men and women working in the department appear to project that same professionalism and concern for citizens as well as best I can tell from my own experiences and observations over the twenty years that I have lived here.

      As to whether the Sheriff’s deputies are “more professional and treat people better than BPD” is obviously a personal opinion most likely based on the circumstances under which someone may have had an encounter with local law enforcement.

      And while I expect Sheriff Hollowell may well appreciate the sentiment about his deputies, it’s more likely that he appreciates and respects the work of the men and women of BPD. Both departments hire each others officers to come work for them. That, in its own way, shows the confidence and respect each department has for the other and for their employees.

  5. David Dennison June 11, 2020 at 6:14 pm #

    June Bug
    “defunding” is a dumb word they use.
    Should maybe be “re-routing” some money and form programs and training,maybe deep background checks on some of these few officers that claim to want to “protect and serve” but have other agendas.
    When I was in high school long ago,I had a friend that was in the L.A.Sheriff’s Dept, as an explorer,wanted to be a peace officer as a career, said because he could then “legally kill someone”..
    Maybe with better checks with who they’re hiring,better training and weeding that type of future officer out of their system would be a good thing for all.
    And that guy I knew saying that did become an officer for LAPD and retired after 30 years in 2012.
    Lost touch with him in 1980.
    Always wondered if he accomplished his “wish” ?

  6. June bug June 11, 2020 at 2:30 pm #

    So defund the police doesn’t mean get rid of the police. If you take money away from police departments how will they pay for the same number of policemen. Answer they can’t, they will have to reduce their numbers to balance their budget. That’s a no brainer, how can you possibly think it means something different.

  7. David Dennison June 11, 2020 at 11:56 am #

    Your wasting your time trying to explain that to some that believe and have it embedded in their minds,what they’re being “told” and how to think.
    Much like the issue with the kneeling in protest.
    Nothing about disrespect for the American Flag,but they are TOLD that’s what it means,back then when it was happening in the NFL and now.
    Only now,they’re trying to say it’s also meaning they want to “disband” and do away with our Law Enforcement Departments and Officers nationwide.
    And already many lies being told and believed who’s saying and wanting the Police Forces and Officers all to be fired and done away with.
    And I promise,soon and in the coming 4 months or so,a LOT lies more being said and told,and them doing the lying hoping the voting citizens are stupid and dumb enough to believe them.
    But aside from that,great post,Lori..IMO…so true !!

    • BobK June 14, 2020 at 7:50 pm #

      Late last week Rep. Ilan Omar D Minneapolis, stated that Law enforcement should be completely DISBANDED in Minneapolis. This was followed by the city council drafting a veto-proof order to do the same. No, this was not from Fox news. Start looking at other sourses besides your leftist rags David

  8. Lori June 11, 2020 at 7:13 am #

    To Steve, or anyone else:
    No one is saying “Get rid of police” when they say defund. They are mostly saying “police aren’t mental health experts, and shouldn’t be put in positions they are not qualified for.“
    It endangers the public *and* LE. No one is saying, “We hate police/laws/etc.”.
    Most of us see that things need a major overhaul in the system. Maybe just little things like embedding nurses or behavioral health techs with officers? Deeper training on how to deal with Autism, depression, etc.? Better race/cultural connections in the community? There’s so many non-negative ways to fix “this”.
    But aside from all that, glad to see some meaningful removal of hard drugs off the streets (and hopefully off our streets!). ????

  9. Good bye June 10, 2020 at 9:22 pm #

    Funny they made it half way across the county for such sharp cops. They might as well had a billboard and almost made it. Real sharp.

  10. Phil Tevlin June 10, 2020 at 8:00 pm #

    I lived in the Owens Valley several years ago. In my limited interactions with the local sheriff’s deputies, I found them very polite, helpful and respectful. This includes the times I was clearly in the wrong.

  11. David Dennison June 10, 2020 at 7:20 pm #

    With all the crap going on in America now concerning Law Enforcement,isn’t it nice to have a good and respectful ICSO here to have around and deal with ?..This is a REALLY good bust and sends a really strong message to others using our streets and highways as a drug corridor….great job by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Dept. !!…
    What a bunch of dumb-asses transporting drugs,loaded weapons while they’re loaded too,all that cash and the vehicle,driving at midnight with no tail lights….duh…

  12. steve June 10, 2020 at 6:26 pm #

    you idiots still want to get rid of law enforcement ?

    • Charles James June 10, 2020 at 7:17 pm #

      No one in this area has advocated for that issue, and it is highly doubtful they would. Small communities, generally good policing, and people that look out for each other.

    • David Dennison June 10, 2020 at 8:30 pm #

      When are YOU id*ots going to stop with the lies about wanting to “get rid of Law Enforcement”?
      The ones saying that aren’t even a small minority,including those such as Joe Biden and Democrats,like the right-wing liars are trying to spin it.
      I read on one site where they were saying VP Biden is now running on a platform of totally disbanding and/or disarming all Law Enforcement agencies across America.
      A bunch of lies nobody truly believes unless you are dumb enough to believe it.
      Which sadly,about 38 %(and dropping like a rock) of our voting population does choose to believe,based solely on it’s what they are told to say and how to think by their “chosen one”.

    • Almost Native June 12, 2020 at 8:36 pm #

      Steve, yes I do think we need to get ride of Bishop Police Dept and transfer that responsibility to the Sheriffs dept. Bishop PD had their chance and acted like they were invisible with it for to long. Don’t tell me I’m trying to get rid of law enforcement. We don’t need both and I think you it!


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