Methamphetamine recovered in connection with two drug arrests

MONET operation leads to the arrest of two Bishop Men (press release)

The Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from the Mono County District Attorney’s Office, concluded a narcotics investigation near Lower Rock Creek Road.

David Hale, Bishop

David Hale, Bishop

On the evening of Monday, March 17, 2014, at approximately 4:00 pm, MONET agents, along with the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office, were following a lead regarding a methamphetamine distributor in Mono and Inyo counties. With information of a pending narcotics sale, MONET agents met with David Hale and Timothy Brooks at the parking area of the Paradise Lodge trailhead near Lower Rock Creek Road. Mr. Hale and Mr. Brooks were detained on scene.

After several alerts inside the vehicle by narcotics detection K-9, Tara, indicating the presence of narcotics, a physical search of the vehicle discovered and recovered an ounce of methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe hidden in a wash mitten used in car detailing. Mr. Hale and Mr. Brooks were placed under arrest and transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident.

David Hale, age 30, of Bishop, was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance; transportation of a controlled substance for sale; possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; possession of controlled substance paraphernalia; and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Timothy Brooks, Bishop

Timothy Brooks, Bishop

Timothy Brooks, age 22, of Bishop, was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance; transportation of a controlled substance for sale; possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Both Mr. Hale and Mr. Brooks are currently in custody with charges pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

26 Responses to Methamphetamine recovered in connection with two drug arrests

  1. The Aggressive Progressive March 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    It’s a sad scene when you hear people say “it’s the cheapest I have ever seen it!” and then you have the people who say “glad to see the streets getting cleaner” so who is winning this battle? I see a society and American culture in decline more then anything else… but go ahead and keep acting like your on the right side…

    And yes, people tend to merge and listen to the information that reinforces what they already think…

  2. Brian March 23, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    Trouble, Monet has nothing to do with mammoth police. Correct me if I’m wrong but Monet has never been the subject of an investigation. unless you have specific facts, which I’m sure you don’t, why is it necessary to tear them down?

    • Trouble March 23, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      Brian, your correct I should have said Mono Law Enforcement. Except for Tara, I’m sure she has a fine understanding of our civil rights.

    • Trouble March 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

      Bye the way Mr.Brian, freedom of speech rights gives me the rights to tear down just about any public official I want to . But to be far to you, I just want to say that I hate everything to do with the effects meth has done to our country? Please don’t accuse me of supporting that crap next time!

  3. insider March 22, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    Obviously MONET is far more effective than INET regardless of staffing because INET sounds like they have the staff but not the skill, drive or desire. I just wish INET would do something… anything because there are plenty of “tweakers” in Bishop. Why is it that MONET makes 4x the drug arrests with only a 1/3 of the population and one deputy? Something is wrong here. As a resident of Inyo County, it sounds like we need a more effective narcotics unit than what we have.

    • Trouble March 23, 2014 at 5:52 am #

      Perhaps Monet has more supposed success because Mammoth Law Enforcement has now been proven to have little regard for peoples civil rights.

      • Reality Check March 23, 2014 at 8:50 am #

        Trouble, I believe that you are confusing Mammoth Lakes PD with the Mono County Sheriff’s Department. To my knowledge, there are no court decisions or civil rights lawsuits against MLPD.

        The reason why they no longer have an officer in MONET is because their manpower was cut 40% due to the airport lawsuit that the PD had nothing to do with.

      • sugar magnolia March 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

        Trouble…Been hitting the sauce a bit too much? .The MLPD hasn’t been involved in anything to do with civil rights complaints (that I’m aware of).

        • sugarmagnolia March 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

          In fact, they are one of the few LEOs that I still have respect for. They arrest people when appropriate, but they also treat people with respect. ie. they aren’t out there just looking to nail you. They’ll help you if they can….if you don’t let them help, then you’re going in! They also take criminal complaints seriously, no matter how small. They’ll investigate and arrest if they can. Unlike Bishop PD who say, ‘you have insurance don’t you?’…. and don’t lift a finger to try to find the perp.
          And unlike Mono County Sheriff who have completely lost sight of what their role is.

  4. BK March 22, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    Todd, I know of (not personally) the Mono county narcotics officer and from what I know there’s still only one guy for all of Mono county to include mammoth lakes. There used to be two but with the Mammoth lakes police departments budget cuts they pulled their guy out leaving just the mono county guy. INET has or had several guys on their drug team. Maybe you could find out for us Bennett? Be interesting to know.


    • Benett Kessler March 22, 2014 at 9:44 am #

      Please use a moniker other than BK. I sign many of my replies like that because those are my initials.
      Thanks, BK

      • Trouble March 23, 2014 at 7:38 am #

        You can’t have Trouble either!

  5. Garrett hall March 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    I forgot to say the investigator is a sheriff deputy

  6. Garrett hall March 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    Since monet consist of one mono county investigator sounds like obenberget knows what he is doing.

  7. Todd March 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    Inyo should contract with MONET to help supplement the small INET unit. We have a ton of tweakers around here!

    • Tom O March 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      Other way around buddy, Inyo county population is almost double that of Mono county.

    • Wayne Deja March 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

      Todd…….If know of a bunch of tweekers in your area,especially the ones dealing the meth, what you should do is call the INET…..with names,addresses’ and vehicles,and they will check it out.

  8. For higher? March 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    To bad the mono drug officers don’t work in into.or maybe they do but It could use a little cleaning. There’s way to many guys like these. Good job!

  9. insider March 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    Thank you MONET for taking these two tweeters off the streets of Inyo county. Bennet, could you let us know if INET is still around?

    • Dumb Dumb Mongo March 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      I think “Tweeters” use a social media called Twitter, just as stupid as Tweek yet less harmful.
      These two are “Tweekers”.
      Tweekers use Tweek or Methamphetamine, a terrible drug that eats your teeth and causes all kinds of bizarre behavior that I am not allowed to mention here.

      • sugar magnolia March 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

        pretty hilarious that ‘tweeters’ got 9 thumbs up! I guess that shows how much people hate twitter around here!

        • Wayne Deja March 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

          I was telling a fellow employee just today,when I get up in the morning and do whatever I have planned for the day,whether it’s working,going for a drive,fishing,shopping,whatever it happens to be…if between 8 A.M and 5 P.M.,if I don’t see at least one person either “tweeting” or texting or talking on a cell phone,either up to their ear or held down to their waist walking on the street,driving a car,in a market,fishing on the creek,etc.,I’m going to give $500.00 to the person I happen to be standing nearest to at the end of the day.Last week I went to Bishop to get my Cocker Spaniol,Chloeno, a haircut…and killing some time,went to the Bishop park…noticed and watched a Father hitting his two sons a baseball on the field…and one of the boys had a cell phone up to his ear while he was shagging the balls his Dad was hitting to him.

          • Eastern Sierra Local March 25, 2014 at 9:28 am #

            I’ve never seen a citizen on their cell phone while driving; the biggest offenders I see are law enforcement- they’re ALWAYS on their phones while driving.

  10. enoughalready March 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    The streets of Bishop just got a little cleaner.
    Good job guys!
    Now go on out there and get some more.

    • Trouble March 22, 2014 at 7:07 am #

      Truth be told, both these guys are probably already back out and on the streets already. Only the poor stay in beautiful system for long.

  11. Tinner March 21, 2014 at 6:51 am #

    Good girl Tara girl, good girl!


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