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.


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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37 Responses to Big drug bust after routine traffic stop

  1. Jeremiah Joseph May 11, 2015 at 3:05 am #

    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 act like the local law enforcement has a handle on this drug situation, oh, and II’m labeled wrong because I question the BELOVED INYO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE practices?

    So stuck in our own beliefs and context we can’t stand it when some yahoo questions a entity we identify with…

    FEAR! it’s all fear driven, personal insecurities and the individual drive to take pride in what we do and identify with? and if the disincentives or incentives around money accumulation is the basis of our decisions and planning, why be surprised that our relationships, water, land and air continues to be in more degradation then it was for the generation before… and on and on…

    Why should I fear my comments won’t be posted because I speak on “alleged allegations” or say I don’t trust law enforcement to help me with anything, they have a job to do, they have bills to pay and families to feed, oaths to abide by, and standard procedure that limits their ability to use THEIR HUMAN JUDGMENT. You don’t question the crowd when you’re in the crowd.. take a officer’s rights away and use them to take others away on a nation wide scale, in a idea of protecting those rights for the public, or are you that scared of the nation’s citizens that law enforcement’s actions of taking unarmed people’s lives is just a balancing act for the good they do do?

    That bust in bishop had NO EFFECT on drug availability in LP…

    If you’re a powerless (lack of status) individual in America, expect a different justice system the powerful or economically relevant answer to…

    When there is no video to show otherwise, we give them the benefit of the doubt.. and you can’t tell me it’s a few bad apple’s when they rally around another cop who shows a abuse of power, but is not reprimanded in any way, no wonder they aren’t deterred from such a common occurrence..

    What constitutional rights? You don’t remember? We gave those away inadvertently when we invaded a sovereign nation, because we just do things and act like we are so great!

    If we continue to sugar coat the question, what kind of answer are looking for?

    Limiting of information and the portrayal of another situation can limit the public’s ability to recognize a problem… ad a little blind faith for supposed authorities and you have the recipe of our current nation!


  2. allen May 10, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

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

    • Low-Inyo May 11, 2015 at 5:36 am #

      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 to lunch….I’ll buy….LOL…

  3. allen May 10, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    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 actual personal knowledge, of an incident, i try not to form an opinion. my defence of this case, is not because i think these guys innocent or because i think they were set up, but because they are not in this discusson and cant defend themselves. We are only getting one side of the story so low inyo you have alot of nerve calling it a duck. things arent always as they appear.

    • High Water May 10, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      +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

  4. Low-Inyo May 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    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 CHP and the driver and occupants should not be charged with a crime….or if they were, the charges should be thrown out at trial.Either that or try to say it was planted there by Law Enforcement.

  5. Josh sams May 8, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    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 for the stop, probable cause or whatever other issues you may have with law enforcement doing a good job. If, if that does not answer your questions then why don’t you go to the legal proceedings for these “criminals. Ie; motion to suppress her if, preliminary hearing, TRIAL! If you can’t or are not willing to take these steps to find out first hand how proceedings like this work then u might wanna research what you say in the future!!!! Just saying

  6. Low-Inyo May 8, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

    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 May 5 post seems to refer to these guys as your “average drug dealers”with a kilo of coke,3 pounds of meth,and over a pound of heroin…no big deal…or was that planted on them by INET ?.May 6,it seems you say the cops are “picking on you” when or if you get pulled over.Next comes May 7 and your post assuming,almost accusing their rights were violated with their arrests and charges,even though you know nothing about the search and arrests..Here’s what I bet happens with this case.Of course,plead not guilty,then it’s onto “my rights were violated”,then comes the drugs were planted on them.And then the plea bargin,with reduced charges when our great court system doesn’t want to deal much with the mess….probably a possession charge and not sales..some slap-on-the-wrist fine and probation,and back on the streets and highways dealing their wares as if nothing happened…..what a Country !!

  7. allen May 8, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    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 May 9, 2015 at 10:42 am #

      @ 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 which one of us is you.

      In any event, just for the record, “allen’s” posts are not those of Allen Berrey.


  8. allen May 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    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 rights.

  9. allen May 7, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    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 officers are required to enforce the law, they, above everyone else should not engage in unlawful conduct. Search and seizure without probable cause is a violation of civil rights, policy, and the law. Its blowing hot and cold water at the same time.

    • Low-Inyo May 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

      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 that with the types of dangerous drugs they (allegedly) had in the vehicle,and the amount, would it be best if some defense lawyer tries to say they should be freed of these charges ?Why do you assume the officers conducted an “illegal search” ? Or do some think they were innocent and targeted,with Law Enforcement driving around in their patrol car with the drugs in their back seat waiting on a good “victim” to pull over and plant the dope in their vehicle….like their defense lawyer will probably try to say what happened…If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck,it’s a duck.

  10. Low-Inyo May 7, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    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 the charges dropped when it’s OBVIOUS they were “allegedly” running high octane dope FOR SALE to others that might want,trying to say the search was illegal.If they (allegedly) tried this in another Country and were caught doing so,wasn’t a story in the news just the other day about 3 dope dealers being executed 3 days after being found guilty of dealing drugs ?…THAT would be the way to win the war on drugs…..IMO….

    • Mark May 8, 2015 at 7:49 am #

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

      • Low-Inyo May 8, 2015 at 11:47 am #

        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 in another room.Held up at gunpoint another time,and a real good chance most,if not all done by meth and/or heroin abusers so as to get their next high and/or fix.Goes with the territory.Drug abusers can’t hold jobs,and the only way for them to survive is steal,rob,assume another ID for a while and live off someone elses credit cards for a week or two,not only in order to live and pay their rent and bills,but also in order to get their drugs.Only other place for them to survive without stealing is being locked up.I doubt if heroin or meth were available at the local quick-stop store the problems with drugs would stop…maybe for the drug addict,making it easier to get,but not for the rest of us that would be paying for their drugs,one way or the other….think about it.

  11. allen May 6, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    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 done nothing to get pulled over for in the first place. i have been given false reasons such as no license plate lights, when infact the lights are working. Due to several incidents of harrassment in the past and for fear that things can go very bad, even when i am clean, i cant help but feel nervous. while the law requires probable cause, there are so many interpretations of what is probable and what is not, that any excuse can be used.

    • MARK May 7, 2015 at 10:31 am #

      “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 May 8, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

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

    • Tinner May 9, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      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.

  12. High Water May 6, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

    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 things through a different lense is a little to much for some of you. Never thought someone could take that Idiom and question and come up with (blah etc etc…..)very impressive ehh!!!

    • Charles O. Jones May 7, 2015 at 10:57 am #

      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 May 7, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

        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 of what side of the road they were stopped on.

  13. Roy May 6, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    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.

  14. allen May 5, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

    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.

  15. Rick O'Brien May 5, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    Hope they had real probable cause or a warrant…

    • Mark May 6, 2015 at 8:16 am #

      “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 May 6, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

        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 eye contact etc. delaying to yield.
        Cops are trained to observe behaviors as this and whoever this cop was I commend him/her, good job!!
        Heck, with that amount of drugs I’d be sweating my rear end off. With that amount of drugs the cop may have smelled the drugs.
        I too hope they had a valid reason for the traffic stop and probable cause for searching the vehicle that will stand up in court but only as to not compromise the conviction of these two individuals, not to defend them.

        • Low-Inyo May 7, 2015 at 6:54 am #

          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 mirror watching the officer run their names and tags while they wait,I’m betting they both were acting very figgity and stupid,to say the least.But I guess “High Water” thinks they should have let them go with no cause for a search or arrest and sent them on their merry-way with a warning.

  16. Tinner May 5, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

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

  17. James simpson May 5, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    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 your Leo’s are out looking for them instead of sitting under a tree looking for “nuts”.

  18. Sierra rat May 5, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    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!!

  19. High Water May 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    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 May 5, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

      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 a “waste of time and money” ? Or is it your a cop hater ? Or is it something else and none of the above ? Just curious.

    • sugar magnolia May 6, 2015 at 8:04 am #

      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 its appropriate that they make it through. And event then, they can’t just search the car, or have a drug dog sniff it. There has to be some reason to suspect drugs, and it can’t be based on their race. Right is right.

  20. Low-Inyo May 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

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

  21. James simpson May 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    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..


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