Big drug bust after routine traffic stop

– From a Bishop Police Department press release

On May 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm, Bishop Police Officers conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle driven by suspect Julio Rangel. A passenger, Ramon Perez Figueroa, was also inside the vehicle at the time of the stop. The stop was at N. Main Street in Bishop, in the Smart and Final parking lot.

Ramon Figueroa

Ramon Figueroa

During the contact, Officers became suspicious of the occupants and a search of the vehicle was conducted. Officers recovered the following amounts of suspected illegal drugs inside the vehicle;

1 Kilogram of Cocaine
3 pounds of Methamphetamine
1.3 pounds of Heroin.

Ramon Anton Perez Figueroa, age 30, of Los Angles, and Julio Salvador Rangel, age, 30, of Los Angeles, were arrested for: 11377(A) HS-Possession of controlled substance; 11378 HS-Possession of controlled substance for sale; 11379(A) HS-Transportation of a controlled substance; 182(A)(1) PC-Conspiracy to commit a crime; 11350(A) HS-Possess narcotic controlled substance; 11352(A) HS-Transportation/Sell controlled substance; 11352(B) HS-Transportation/Sell narcotic between counties; and 148.9(A) PC-False ID to Police.

Rangel-Julio-S

Julio Rangel

Both subjects were transported to the Inyo County Jail, where they are both being held for $250,000.00 bail and are awaiting arraignment. Further investigation revealed that Suspect Figueroa had multiple warrants for his arrest under a different name(s).

The Bishop Police Department would like to thank the Inyo Narcotic Enforcement Team for their assistance in this case.

 

 

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Jeremiah Joseph
Jeremiah Joseph
7 years ago

Everything relies on money to sustain this economic structure. WE HAVE ALL BEEN brainwashed to accept it’s (money) relevance in our lives through traditional perpetuation. I can’t stand how we speak out as if we would really do anything to help the situation, and I also can’t stand how we… Read more »

allen
allen
7 years ago

her we go again now lowinyo you are comparing transporting drugs with cruising around with a corpse. really?

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  allen

allen : In your opinion,if Law Enforcement pulled a vehicle over,smelled something funny in the trunk,opened it and found 20 pounds of meth,instead of a corpse,how you you want them to deal with that one ?…..After this conversation we’re having here with this one,if I ever meet you,we should go… Read more »

allen
allen
7 years ago

just to make myself clear…unlike low inyo, along with most of the general public, i dont believe any and every thing i hear. It takes much more than town gossip, a news story, rumors, and hear-say, to influence my beliefs. I dont believe everything i hear or read. Without having… Read more »

High Water
High Water
7 years ago
Reply to  allen

+1 allen
As the saying goes- believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.

Most of us understand what your sayin

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago

Josh sams ; I’m thinking with “Allen’s” posts,he’s the type,that if Law Enforcement pulled someone over,smelled something funny coming out of the trunk,and the officer opened it and found a dead body,”Allen” would think and look for ways to say it was an illegal search conducted by the Sheriff or… Read more »

Josh sams
Josh sams
7 years ago

For those of you, (Allen) who think theses cases of drugs being seized are based on lack of probable cause or I ask you to 1. Go get off your ass and get a copy of the report. That itself should resolve any “issues” you may have with the reasoning… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago

allen; Nothing in my post says I think Law Enforcement should break the law or violate anyones rights…It’s YOU that is apparently assuming this search was illegal.You seem to be the type that whenever anyone is pulled over,written-up,or arrested for something,Law Enforcement is out of line or violating someones rights…Your… Read more »

allen
allen
7 years ago

i dont know enough of the details to say whether or not there was probable cause or not. all i am saying is if there was not, it doesnt matter who they are or what they have THROW IT OUT.

allen berrey
allen berrey
7 years ago
Reply to  allen

@ allen – with respect, please either make up a name or use your full name for your posts. By using only your first name you associate your views with all of us other allens; and then by omitting your last name you allow the reader to speculate as to… Read more »

allen
allen
7 years ago

low inyo- if we were in another country, but we are not. This is America. Have you ever considered moving out of the country? maybe you should. You seem to imply, that it is okay for a cop to break the law… its not. Enforce the law without violating constitutional… Read more »

allen
allen
7 years ago

low inyo you are right by saying “that is the problem with our court system” but your reasoning is wrong. LE should not be able to use any ol excuse as probable cause. They should have actual probable cause. If they did not, the case should be thrown out. LE… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  allen

allen; Let’s put it this way….Like I said,my bet is,due to their (probably) behavior on the traffic stop,along with the warrants at least one of them had,and using the false ID to try to avoid them,and I’ll bet a whole bunch of $$$$ a prior record,maybe still on probation,group all… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago

mark: And THAT is what’s wrong with our court system nowdays.These guys (allegedly) running a LOT of dangerous drugs getting pulled over,my bet is a search on this vehicle,and finding,is well within the rules of probable cause…but even if there is a grey area,some sleazy defense lawyer trying to get… Read more »

Mark
Mark
7 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

The way to win the war on drugs is to make them legal. It might even thin out the population a bit.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark; Don’t think you’d say that or feel that way if you lived in the big city,or even the smaller cities with meth and heroin problems,like some of the places I used to live.Property crimes, lots of ID theft,burglarized 3 times at my home,once on the job while I was… Read more »

allen
allen
7 years ago

for what it is worth, every time i have been pulled over, i get anxiety and very well might exibit many of those behaviors described above. I can actually feel my heart rate rise. not because i have anything to hide but the opposite. Most of the time, i have… Read more »

MARK
MARK
7 years ago
Reply to  allen

“there are so many interpretations of what is probable and what is not, that any excuse can be used.”

yeah but that won’t fly in the court room

CarbonFootPrint
CarbonFootPrint
7 years ago
Reply to  allen

Cops only need reasonable suspicion to stop you. A lower threshold than probable cause, which is what’s required to arrest you.

Tinner
Tinner
7 years ago
Reply to  allen

Imagine the cop wearing nothing but underwear, if that fails think of the Cheech and Chong movie “Up In Smoke” where Cheech and Chong get pulled over, the cop approaches the van made of marijuana and asks for a bite of the hot dog sitting on the dash.

High Water
High Water
7 years ago

Who knew! One Idiom and one question could ruffle so many feathers. I believe my libertarian view of things is a little too much for some of you. 15 words and I’m called a cop hater a racist a blah blah blah…..etc…looks like freedom of speech freedom from looking at… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  High Water

I don’t see anything “libertarian” about either your idiom, or your question.
They just came off as disrespectful towards local law enforcement, that’s all.

And freedom of speech is a two-way street.

MARK
MARK
7 years ago

The comment didn’t come across that way to me Charles. There was a bit of luck involved. Bad luck for the suspects, good luck for the LEO and us law abiding citizens. I was curious if they were headed North bound or South bound, I’d guess North bound just because… Read more »

Roy
Roy
7 years ago

Most cops will never recover that much dope in their career from one traffic stop. That much dope was worth a lot of money. Curious as to what their destination was.

allen
allen
7 years ago

BIG DEAL! as long as there is a demand, there will always be a supply. I am much more concerned about the corruption and criminals withen our justice system, than i am about the average drug dealer. Both are about a dime a dozen.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago

Hope they had real probable cause or a warrant…

Mark
Mark
7 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

“Officers became suspicious of the occupants”

It takes more then suspicious occupants to warrant a search. I hope the officers had a valid reason for searching the vehicle that will stand up in court.

Tinner
Tinner
7 years ago
Reply to  Mark

A routine traffic stop could be something as minor as failing to signal, a cracked windshield, swerving in a lane, an unsecured license plate the list is endless. Suspicion could be anything like rapid heart beat which can be visible; heavy sweating, contradicting and inconsistent statements, fidgeting, failing to maintain… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  Tinner

Tinner…Not to mention,some type of false ID given,in order to try to dodge the (alleged) existing warrants at least one of the guys had.I’m not a Law Enforcement officer,but my guess would be ,with this amount of multiple illegal drugs,as well as warrants out,and them looking in their rear view… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
7 years ago

Wow!!
These guys will be going away for a while…and rightly so.

James simpson
James simpson
7 years ago

High water were you expecting a delivery?? That squirrel found lots of nuts and you sound upset about it? Well you must be the best at whatever it is you do and yes I’m sure there are empty of cars that make it through these small towns. Be great full… Read more »

Sierra rat
Sierra rat
7 years ago

Nobody wants to see the pictures of the two shmucks. We want to see the pictures of the goods!!! I’m pretty sure I saw the officers with the k9 on the car at there station. Good job!!

High Water
High Water
7 years ago

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while!
Ever wonder how many cars drive through here and our never caught?

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  High Water

High Water : I’m trying to figure what your comment means.Is it a dig at Law Enforcement for “letting” many of the drug dealers safely pass through the valley without pulling them over and finding the dope ? Or is it somehow geared towards saying the war on drugs is… Read more »

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
7 years ago
Reply to  High Water

yeah, what’s your point High water??? It’s not the police’s fault if cars successfully transport drugs through our communities. They can only pull over a vehicle for probable cause. If the criminals are smart enough to come through and not speed, or drive poorly, or have lights out etc., then… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago

GREAT job by Bishop Police and INET on this one.That’a quite a smorgasboard of high-octane dope off the streets.

James simpson
James simpson
7 years ago

Wowww that is a lot of drugs. Good job to which ever officer(s) were able to get this large amount of drugs off the streets. Great job BPD..