Marijuana investigation in Mammoth


Scott Mack, 53

Scott Mack, 53

Recent MONET activity in the Town of Mammoth Lakes

The Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, concluded a warrant investigation in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

On Friday, July 11, 2014, Scott Mack, age 53, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for sales and possession for sale, cultivation and production of concentrated cannabis. Mr. Mack was operating a marijuana lab in his place of residence where 127 marijuana plants and several pounds of processed marijuana was recovered and seized. Mr. Mack was taken into custody by Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies and transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident. All charges are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.



42 Responses to Marijuana investigation in Mammoth

  1. Trouble July 20, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    It’s kind hard to blog on the Farmers Market and Weather Reports.

    • Benett Kessler July 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Weak excuse. BK

      • Trouble July 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

        No excuses, I really enjoy this!

  2. Bob July 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    My buddy was sitting outside a bar in Bridgeport when some locals said he smelled like pot. They proceeded to get on their cellphone and call the Sheriff. When their buddy cop showed up and asked my friend for I.D. the officer called him a city boy because he lived in Hollywood. Being %100 legal my friend was not detained.

    When the local redneck cowboys got in their truck and headed North he got on his cell phone and reported a drunk driver along with the vehicle description and lic. number.

    Who do you think got that last laugh? Bridgeport is definitely not tourist friendly, I recommend avoiding the place at all cost.

    • Wayne Deja July 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

      Bob….In my humble opinion,Bridgeport is VERY tourist friendly….as long as your not doing something stupid or thinking all of Mono County is like Mammoth Lakes,where some can either try to,or is able to get away with just about anything,as long as they have money to spend there in town….Back in 2000,I got stranded in Swauger Creek Campground,5 miles north of Bridgeport for 10 days and nights,in early March,after I ran out of money and gas relocating when I had truck problems along the way…The people of Bridgeport,once they knew of this guy with his dog stranded in a campground freezing at night, bought some collectables I had,directed me to where I could get some help to get on my way to where I was going.The local Baptist Church helped me out with some food and gas $$$.Every year,I go up to Bridgeport and still see the lady that works at the post office and the owner of a gift shop that helped me out back at a time I really needed it.

      • Bob July 21, 2014 at 8:14 am #

        I ran into someone else last night who was telling me they were in Rusty’s in Bishop and everyone there warned them to stay clear of Bridgeport because they are not tourist friendly.

        • Wayne Deja July 21, 2014 at 11:48 am #

          Bob….Once again,I don’t think it’s so much Bridgeport not being “tourist friendly”… matter what these people you are running into at the bars are saying….from the story you told in your above post,and this one too,I’m thinking maybe they just don’t want their quiet little town turning into a place like their neighboring town about 50 miles south turned into about 20 years ago….They don’t want their restaurants and bars being a place where people drink, loiter and smoke pot all day and/or night long…they don’t want impaired drivers speeding and driving crazy on their streets..and from what I understand,residents there are very happy with the way the CHP makes the drug-runners think twice when they come through on their Reno to L.A. “business trips”…maybe we should say Bridgeport is “resident friendly” more so than trying to say the town isn’t “tourist friendly”.

    • Tom O July 20, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

      I doubt that story. Ive been up there every summer for over a decade. I have never heard or seen that. The folks up there are pretty open minded when it comes to all things green…..sounds like there’s more to the story than you are telling.Please stay away.

      • Pedro July 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

        Guess you weren’t wearing a Burning Man tee shirt.

        • here we go July 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

          You seem to be confusing the folks of Bridgeport with law Enforcement. What the Sheriff’s Dept. does is in no way a reflection of how tourists are treated by the people of Bridgeport. Business owners and the other folks that live here do not pull people over, do not profile people and we are certainly not mean or rude to people. I am also wondering how a marijuana bust in Mammoth turned into a Bridgeport bashing thread along these posts

          • Wayne Deja July 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

            Here we go…..Funny you used that name here,cause whenever there’s a drug bust in Mammoth,that is exactly what I say when I first read the story before anyone posts….”Here we go”….and it does seem when it happens ,some of the Mammoth puppets find a way to work in a ” Bridgeport bashing”….Sounds like you live in Bridgeport…..LUCKY YOU !!!!……beautiful town,great people,fantastic fishing,perfect spring,summer,and falls….and winter too… if you dress warmly…..I’ve been going there on short vacations since 1970….when I win the lotto,I’m buying some property outside of town around Devil’s Gate and Fale’s Hot Springs with a nice 2 bedroom cabin and a fireplace.

  3. Ken Warner July 20, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    You all seem to know an awful lot about drugs. Maybe you should pick another hobby.

    • Trouble July 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      It’s a herb Ken. I know a lot about a herb.

  4. Wayne Deja July 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    p ite….No telling what some of these (alleged) dealers put into their stashes to “spice em up”..I guess the thing going around now is the droplets of liquid to put in drinks or on food,which I’ve heard,in most cases,if it doesn’t make you high as a kite it makes you sick as a dog..and the idea of “donating” to those that have med cards….maybe a good idea if…and that’s a BIG IF…the prop that was voted on way back when to offer compassion for those that marijuana seemed to help with disabling medical problems,that would be a good idea….but the way that prop. vote all turned out…..not such a good idea.

  5. p ite July 19, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    ok lets make some money foer the taxpayers dont destroy the goods sell them to colorado or washington, or donate to the people with drs cards

  6. Total Buffoonery July 18, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    Lets not forget this guy was operating a drug lab which has inherent dangers of its own which also is why the fire department needed to respond. Another example of a drug culture gone wild and costing tax payers money. If this “cooker” was renting, now the landlord has to declare the home as a clandestine drug lab and hazardous waste site when they go to sell it. Lets put the blame where blame is due, on the drug user. Cheaper for everybody if you weren’t always looking for the next big high.

    • Trouble July 19, 2014 at 9:13 am #

      So now a pot farm for a Mammoth pot store is called a drug lab. What amazing images can be created by police press releases.

      • Total Buffoonery July 19, 2014 at 11:19 am #

        WOW! reached way out in left field for that one didn’t you Trouble. Last I heard manufacturing (operating an illicit drug lab) carried a 5 to 7 year sentence. Maybe you can rent him space in your garage for his next try; anything to help the pot cause.

        • Pedro July 19, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

          You seem way out in right field. Yes, depending on what solvents were used, this could be fire hazard. No, this is not on same level as an amphetamine lab. Guess you come from same school that defines making hamburgers as manufacturing to make the economic reports rosier.

          • Total Buffoonery July 20, 2014 at 7:57 am #

            Well Pedro, I suppose the way some people grill, hamburgers could be as big of a fire danger as clandestine honey oil, PCP or meth labs. The toxic fumes and fire danger is a real threat in all clandestine labs because of the solvents used. These guys are not chemistry professors working in a professional lab and they pose a serious threat to the neighborhood they cook in. Just remember in the end there is no home run in manufacturing drugs. How would you like to rent a home that had been some cookers lab and let your children play on the contaminated carpet or outside in the swimming pool used as a dump site for toxic chemicals. This has happened all over the state and people get sick. Cookers don’t give a rat spit about anybody but themselves and even that is questionable. And lets not forget about the toxic chemicals flushed into septic tanks, sewers and leaked into our ground water. There is no defense for what this guy was doing.

        • Trouble July 19, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

          total-pots a herb and only brain washed monkeys in PD uniforms call it at drug now days.

          • Total Buffoonery July 20, 2014 at 8:27 am #

            Trouble: Cocaine, ephedrine (meth) and heroin, morphine ect, come from plants too. only people with a pro drug agenda would deny they are drugs. The herb argument is a poor one at best for a reason to promote marijuana! I say lets legalize it so you can feel better about using it.

          • Wayne Deja July 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

            Total Buff….That is EXACTLY was some want…..many say it here,right here on this site….legalize ALL drugs,saying drug abuse is a “victimless crime” and only hurting themselves and their own bodies…I’m thinking some would see it as a way to get high,stay high,and little anyone could say or do about it….some would see it as a way of making $$$ by buying and selling to those addicted….but doubt any of them see past that and the “good-times” and “easy money”….a whole population and upcoming generation of legal walking zombies….So many complain about President Obama’s “entitled” citizens…think of how it could be,and would be,when a vast ammount of the public are addicted and strung-out on drugs with no employment or places to live….and no real desire or reason to get and hold a job.Maybe sit back and say “It’s only a plant”….I truly believe the main reason so many seem to want to legalize drugs is so they can get into the business of selling and making money off of it with as little work involved as possible…kinda like in the early 80’s when crack-cocaine got so popular in the big cities…big money to be made.I don’t really get why the pot-smokers feel the need to want legalization to the point they do,other than to push the buttons….again….and take advantage of how the laws would be written…some already try to say,if pot was legal,the Sheriffs Dept. would HAVE to hire pot-smoking Deputies….doctors could smoke pot in between appointments and operations…employees couldn’t be fired from a job if they show up stoned at 8 A.M….There isn’t a pot-smoker in this state that can’t make a personal-use buy with a single phone-call or short drive and have it in their possession in 15 minutes…and,in most cases,have to be really dumb and stupid to get caught or arrested by doing so…in almost all the arrests made up here that include pot is someone speeding 100 + MPH on HWY 395,maybe driving with bad tags,doing something dumb on the highway to get pulled over,and then either be high while driving and/or in possession of a bunch of weed in a bunch of bags with a scale in the glove box.

          • Benett Kessler July 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

            People, why not talk about something besides marijuana. We’ve beat it to death. Benett

          • Reality Check July 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

            Trouble, Hemlock is a herb too.

            Try making some Hemlock tea and see how that works out for you. I hear the high is really good and very long lasting!

  7. cotton mather July 17, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    The correspondence, Desert Tortoise, twixt the initials of your screen name at the infamous DTs suffered during withdrawal from intoxicants makes for an amusing coincidence. But I can see why you would so vehemently object to any and all forms of escape from people’s miserable lives. You would, I presume, favor the closing down of all saloons and bars, and prohibit as well the serving of wine with dinners at area restaurants. Since by your arguments, people must at all times remain fully immersed in the details of their existential misery, presumably you will also speak eloquently in favor of all forms of humor, laughter, comedy or other transcendent distractions: being in touch with reality at all times must prelude in fact all forms of entertainment: the movie houses must be shut down, and televisions must broadcast only solemn subjects, perhaps home economics and 17th century sermons. It goes without saying that witches must be burned, and all forms of heresy should be investigated my the proper inquisitorial body. Both sex and sports must similarly be condemned. The wearing of frivolous clothing or the reading of any form of popular literature could easily be overcome by issuing uniforms and discouraging literacy. Eyes forward; hands at ten and two.

    Carry on with your good works and your attention to these and other important issues of our day.

    • MajorTom July 18, 2014 at 10:53 am #

      Is the use of caffeine morally condoned? I know several poor souls who simply cannot start their day without a cup of the Joe. Addicts and escapists certainly, but it elevates their tired bodies, lets them face the new day with increased vigor, and transforms them into more productive citizens. Some credit the vigorizing benefits of regular use of coffee with the north’s victories in the civil war. How can we rationalize acceptance of this addictive substance while reviling the use of herb? Is it because caffeine makes us better and more useful citizens, wrenching every last bit of useful energy out of our bodies, while marijuana encourages us to kick back and listen to the stereo, to no useful purpose. It is our duty as citizens to devote our lives to the economic betterment of ourselves and our fellows – more stimulants for a better world.

  8. Desert Tortoise July 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    The stoners and their defenders are out in force today. Imagine a society where people didn’t feel they needed to become stoned to make it through the day. The real shame isn’t whether it is legal or not, it is how low people are willing to take themselves, how far they will degrade themselves. Drug users are the lowest of the low. Don’t ever expect to be respected when you feel this driving need to lose touch with reality in order to get through your miserable lives. If only you put the effort into fixing your miserable lives that you put into trying to convince honest sober people that we all need to allow drugs to be legalized in our society for everything to be good.

    • The Aggressive Progressive July 18, 2014 at 10:54 am #

      Yeah Imagine a society where other people didn’t feel the need to tell other people how they should live their lives…

      If you put in the effort to try to understand those who you put down, then you would understand anybody and everybody is not exempt from addiction, in my perspective the definition of addiction is; doing something for instant gratification but has long term consequences, so that can be relevant to shopping, eating, working, drug use…. so come on, Desert Tortoise don’t be so far into your own bubble that you loose contact with what is real.
      It’s kinda scary to think you may be in a position (your job title) that holds power over another.

      • Wayne Deja July 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

        What worries me,when looking into the future,say 25-30 years from now,when I probably won’t be around to see it,is how things seem to be shaping up here in our World…..the on-going problems with the middle-east…and now what seems to be maybe another “cold-war” with Russia in the making…young people today,in our Country,seem more fixed on making marijuana and other drugs legal,spending their time on cell-phones,computers,texting and tweeting,and all the while so many not even thinking of the future in,say 20-25 years…Let’s hope the young people in these other dangerous Countries are doing the same kinda things too…cause if they’re not if,and this Country here does get a challenge from them,let’s hope the outcome turns out good for us…When they made marijuana legal in Colorado,what I remember most is the big gathering of pot-heads all jumping around in the streets,up and down,dancing,blowing smoke in the news-reporters faces doing the stories…thought to myself there they are….the LEADERS of tomarrow…the ones that are going to be running the business’,running the Country and making the decisions,and God forbid,also the ones “trying” to defend this Country and keeping it’s citizens safe and out of harms-way….if that’s the case,we’ll be in a whole lot of trouble if the time ever comes if this Country ever has to go to war….Russia would kick our butts.

        • Benett Kessler July 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

          Wayne, don’t worry. Deal with the present moment and maybe others will too. Have faith in those who hold the ethical standard and work on yourself. Benett

        • Trouble July 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

          Wayne- they, the old, said the same crap about the kids of the sixties and seventies. If we learned anything from those days, it’s don’t put all your faith in our government!

        • Ken Warner July 19, 2014 at 9:26 am #

          Wayne: It’s going to be a different World 30 years from now. Pot won’t have any more to do with that than booze and butts have today.

          International health officials warned Thursday that recent budget cuts have impeded the ability of the World Health Organization to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 603 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

          The World is getting poorer and dumber and more people want a piece of a shrinking pie. Plus, there will be even more designer drugs and more distribution channels. Pot is the least of the worries of the future.

        • Dean July 20, 2014 at 7:32 am #

          I’m less concerned about the leaders of “tomarrow” than I am about the impact your antiquated views will make on tomorrow. We’ve been at war for a long time.

          We ran out of traditional opponents and started declaring war on things and ideas: Drugs, Poverty, Terrorism, et cetera.

  9. 2 cents July 17, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    Come to Colorado…no worries here 🙂

  10. upthecreek July 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    I wonder how much tax payers funds and resources were spent on this HUGE POT Bust in Mammoth?

    and now they need to bring in the fire dept.

    you all deserve a big pat on the back and bigger pensions.

    At A Boy.

    Govt. gone WILD…

  11. Brian k July 16, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    The legislators have made it legal. But to posses that amount come on! He obviously is selling, probably to a mammoth lakes store, who then turns around ups the price and labels it medical grade. I don’t want my kids smoking weed and I don’t want him as a neighbor either.

    If he would have followed THE LAW of growing what’s needed for his medical needs I’m sure Monet, sheriffs office whatever, never would have bothered him.

    Brian k

    • Pedro July 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

      The citizens made it legal, and Mono LEO do bother a lot of people they shouldn’t.

  12. Clyde A. July 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    The war on drugs will continue and will consume huge amounts of city, county, state and the Nations budget as long as money is poured into the machine that has evolved in this war. Marijuana has to be legalized now! Stop the cycle, how many people do we put in jail, how much money do we spend on incarceration, persecution and enforcement? Will it stop NO!
    Did we not learn during prohibition that it does not work! I do not care for the pseudo right here in the Eastern Sierra, Pot is not the problem. If anything it is alcohol and prescription drug abuse.
    Unfortunately the nations and states budget only subsidize the war on drugs. Weed is the easiest to persecute and that is how the Machine gets the headlines! Watch border wars. Three states have stopped the cycle.
    Legalization will be difficult, there will be problems. Change needs to happen!
    By the way these are the type of criminals are the state prisoners being sent back to county’s at the highest percent.

  13. Labrador? July 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    Marijuana Lab? Yeah, my dog ate my stash man.

    • dean July 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

      Hey now… he was cooking some serious marijuana in there. Imagine how many people MONET saved from fatal overdoses on his pure marijuanas.

      One time, a guy I knew in school… he smoked ONE marijuana and died. Amazing how deadly the stuff is.

      Smoke cigarettes until your lungs quit and drink alcohol until your liver quivers, because they’re definitely “safer” alternatives: MONET won’t kick down YOUR door for running a marijuana lab.

  14. The Aggressive Progressive July 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    The states that legalized the recreation use of, are now reaping the capital benefits that the cartels and people like this indulge in, but yet we still see our state and county districts wasting tax payer money for what? So we can expect to see some other sorry mug shot in the future, along with budget cuts and actual public services closing.. because someone will always meet the demand for the consumer and when you take on a unrealistic mission (like criminalizing a plant), we find ourselves going in circles…..

    Watch it will be money that turns peoples minds, it’s a sad scene when the people’s human judgement can be manipulated to think in certain ways all because of the dollar, when the plant is still just a plant no matter how much we try and reason our perspective..


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