MONET arrests three on drug charges

Following is a press release from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department:

Benjamin Schoenfeld

Benjamin Schoenfeld

The Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies and Mono County District Attorney Investigators, concluded several warrant investigations in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

On the afternoon of Friday, May 3, 2013, Benjamin Schoenfeld, age 31, of Mammoth Lakes, was arrested for the possession of cocaine. Several ounces of cocaine were seized. Mr. Schoenfeld was an employee of the Motel 6 hotel and

was having cocaine shipped in to his place of business. Mr. Schoenfeld was taken into custody and transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident. Charges are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.

Jeffrey Hawkins

Jeffrey Hawkins

On the morning of Saturday, May 4, 2013, Casey Hart and Jeffrey Hawkins, both age 26, of Mammoth Lakes, were arrested for possession of and possession for sale of psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, and concentrated cannabis. Both were transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident. Charges are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.

– Written and prepared by: Jennifer Hansen, Public Information Officer


Casey Hart

Casey Hart




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64 Responses to MONET arrests three on drug charges

  1. ferdinand lopez May 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    yeah right

  2. Wayne Deja May 10, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Trouble…. Not for all, but it can be for some….We all see the “stoner” pot-heads,the ones that spend ALL their days high as a kite,from morning till night….that don’t want to grow up,get a job,move into their own place,and have a life…with constant argueing with their parents because of it.And then there is the kind of friends and people they hang around with,other stoners,with more or less,the same kind of out-look on life….There is the problem with employment and keeping a job…LOTS of employers won’t hire or keep someone that gets high,cause if your a “stoner”,your gonna get high before and during work too…and ,weather anyone wants to admit it or not,driving a vehicle when your stoned on high-grade marijuana IS dangerous for who’s doing it,and others on the highway…you can get a DUI for driving high on weed.And,speaking from my own experiences,back when I was doing it (yes,i used to smoke marijuana),there were times if I were driving,and happened to be really high,I was a danger on the road,based on how high I was.Does that make me a hypocrite for saying what I do about marijuana now ?….maybe….but also able to say what I do because of my own experiences when I was doing it.Looking back,I can safely and honestly say if I had never done it,my life would have turned out better for a lot of reasons.

    • Big AL May 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

      Reminds me of that song … Wayne .. “smoke two joints”. I hear ya though, on the personal testimony. Life happens, I don’t know if you can pin that rap on the pot … who knows …

      I’ve seen people who smoked a lot of pot .. do pretty good in life, it is all in the personal twist we bring to it, maybe the pot didn’t help or hinder.

      Just like two siblings, how they can turn out totally opposite from each other, value wise. It’s all in who that person is.

      • Big AL May 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

        And no I don’t think you are being a hypocrite, I think it is a very honest personal assessment. I don’t think people should be getting high and driving, just the same as alcohol use and driving. If you want to get stoned, then do it and not drive.

        Besides .. you get too paranoid when high and driving .. meaning people do, not you.

        • Judge not lest ye ... May 13, 2013 at 11:06 am #

          Kindly speak for yourself Big Al.

      • Wayne Deja May 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

        Big Al….Don’t get me wrong …I’m not BLAMING marijuana use on any short-comings I’ve had in my life.Back when I was younger,and using,not a whole lot,but enough to where it,how should I say,”restricted” me from pursuing a career or a field I could have,and I think been really good at if I did.NO WAY could I have gotten into that field and been a marijuana user,especially back in the late 70’s and early 80’s,when it was looked at a lot differently than it is now.And not because of any trouble I had gotten into because of it…I’ve NEVER been arrested or spent a day in jail or prison in my life.I was associating with other pot-users,people that were happy with the regular 9 to 5 jobs and no real looking much into the future,or wanting a career to take me through life.And,with me,it did lead into harder drugs,my dealer got to selling other things that made him more money,and I was dumb enough to “experiment” with them too…from 1987 untill 2000…not the fault of using marijuana,but if I never did,I never would have gotten into the other drugs either. You can find pot users that don’t use the other more dangerous drugs,but rarely do you EVER find someone that uses the dangerous drugs that didn’t smoke pot BEFORE they got into the harder things that can lead to big time addictions and screw up a life really quickly….hope that makes sense.

    • Nice Person May 13, 2013 at 7:26 am #

      Right on Wayne,marajuana is dangerous and it is illigal to drive on it, it causes lots of health problems. I can smell it when people on 395 in front of me are using, you can count on me to call 911 to report a stoned driver every time. I don’t give a crap if you smoke dope, just don’t smoke it on the same road with me.

      • Nice Person May 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

        Thumbs down for sober driving?
        That is insane.

      • Wayne Deja May 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

        Nice Person…..I don’t mean to joke about it,but I can remember when I lived in Oregon,in my pot-smoking days,I drove about 2 miles to a friend’s house to make a buy and visit a while….after getting stoned,attempted to drive home,and took a wrong turn…mind you,my house was less than two miles away….and I ended up driving 15 miles in the opposite direction,into another town,before I realized I was going the wrong way…..Another time,a girl from Lancaster came to visit me,went to a place called Silver Falls,got stoned,and I had no idea how to find my way home…had to wait till it wore off before I could get my boundries on which way to go…Now if that’s how it is for some,besides myself,as I’m sure it is, when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle,how can anyone think it’s safe to drive when your stoned on weed ?

        • Trouble May 14, 2013 at 4:48 am #

          I took a wrong turn going to the beach and ended up in Owens Valley.

        • J-Frog May 14, 2013 at 8:25 am #

          Funny story Wayne, What gets me is how the pharmaceutical company’s can make a Marinol, (please hear me out without putting me in some negative category that I can easily put myself in) Marinol is the drug companies Marijuana that THEY get to PROFIT off of. they state “Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Marinol capsules affect you” ?????? Really? so we can drive on the legal weed if your tolerance can allow you too, but any THC you consume that isn’t profiting the establishment makes you a CRIMINAL??
          I just can’t be Okay with that no matter how many of you are!

        • Mark May 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

          With all the brain cells Wayned burned I’m suprised he remembers anything 😉

          • Wayne Deja May 14, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

            Mark….Sometimes I’m suprised I remember anything too !!!!….sometimes,there’s things I don’t want to remember !!

    • Nice Person May 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Judge for yourself; I would not want to be on any “highway” with these people while they are stoned.

    • Trouble May 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      Wayne, you make some good points, I guess I over did it in my hey days also. I just don’t think we need to lock people for trying something that I think 90% of this country has tried.

      • J-Frog May 14, 2013 at 8:26 am #

        Yeah like the last three Presidents, and the first three Presidents!

    • Desert Tortoise May 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

      The first couple of sentences there, Wayne, sound like you know Trouble personally.

  3. Wayne Deja May 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Brain Keller….After reading my post over again,maybe a “senior moment” I was having…..kind of hard for me to understand it too..and I wrote it..Oh,we got our share of drug users and drug dealers….the big-time dealers and everyday users that I know of…they got those magical “med-cards” that allow them to do it without too much worry of getting into trouble or anytype of prosecution…and other reasons too that I probably shouldn’t get into…If you live where I live,a good chance you don’t need me to be telling you anyway.

    • Trouble May 10, 2013 at 7:19 am #

      Come on Wayne- do you really believe pot is a drug we need to be worried about? It’s right up there with aspirin.

      • Nice Person May 11, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

        Weed like asprin?
        I would drive on asprin, not weed.
        Also, weed causes brain damage, the main symptom is that you think you are OK and everyone else is wasted and stupid.

        • Trouble May 14, 2013 at 4:57 am #

          I personally very much enjoyed those days. An i survived.

      • Prescription drug abuse May 13, 2013 at 5:23 am #

        There are more Americans addicted to prescription opiates than any other drug.
        There are also more overdose cases in America due to the abuse of prescription drugs.
        Even a famous and wildly popular talk-radio host admitted he is addicted to OxyContin. Another extremist admitted he is a recovering alcoholic.
        We must find why it is some people cannot control their behavior when in comes to drug/alcohol abuse.
        There is enough evidence to indicate that most drug and alcohol abusers come from an abusive, strict-parent background full of twisted notions such as extreme corporal punishment and might explain the intense anger we are seeing from many of our so-called “boomers.”

        America pumps billions of dollars into Afghanistan, no questions asked, each year.
        This should show you how influential the pharmaceutical lobby is when it comes to maintain the flow of opiates to our society.

        • Big AL May 13, 2013 at 10:01 am #

          Dr. .. why don’t you admit, your addicted to these wild rants .. hehe

          Seriously though .. you are right .. the pharmaceutical companies run a lot in this country. They are behind obama care, and people do not realize that!

          If you look at all of the crazed mass murders we have had in recent history, you will find that the common denominator is anti depressants, not guns.

          I think, if you look at a lot of the murders, you will find that same denominator.

          I do not understand why they don’t legalize most if not all drugs, the pharmaceutical companies would stand to make more money supplying it.

          Maybe it is, that they know that their high priced drugs such as anti depressants would not sell .. if people were buying pot and cocaine from the local suppliers .. LOL

        • J-Frog May 13, 2013 at 10:44 am #

          True That! People don’t want to hear that though, especially if it happens to be in their medicine cabinet.
          “we live in a world of hypocrisy”
          Excuse me as I tread on the status quo..

    • time to fade away May 10, 2013 at 8:55 am #

      It seems there are a lot of “senior moments” going around lately.(Ever seen a tea party convention? Nuts!) If every generation begets a more liberal generation than the one before it – I say, “time to go away old fools. You’re making us all look crazy”

      • Big AL May 12, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

        Ever see Dr. Facts not talk about the tea party or anything related .. or even loosely related to it? hehe

        • Get used to it May 13, 2013 at 11:04 am #

          Get used to being confronted every time the extreme right rears its ugly head, Big Al.
          America at large wants nothing to do with the fascist ways of the far-right.
          Even the GOP has wisely distanced itself from these lunatics who at this very moment are arming themselves against anything that resembles government authority. Police, government employees, congressman … anybody that does not follow the TeaParty line.

        • Limbaugh/Beck wannabe May 13, 2013 at 11:33 am #

          Ever see Big Al present anything resembling factual information … rather than ridicule those he has contrary feelings about.?

  4. Brain Keller May 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Wayne, after reading and re- reading i think your being sarcastic right, my appologies.

  5. Brain Keller May 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Wayne, did you really just say inyo doesnt have drugs or drug dealers? or am i mis understanding your comment?

  6. Wayne Deja May 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Joe….Don’t know why INET isn’t making a bunch of arrests like MONET seems to be doing….but do know the answer to your second question,about IF Inyo has drug dealers and drug problems….at least in my Inyo County town…..and it ain’t because there isn’t drugs down here, or dealers,that’s for sure.

    • J-Frog May 10, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      Take the blind folds off and be receptive Wayne, that’s all I have to say. .

      • The way it is May 11, 2013 at 11:07 am #

        I’m waiting for the “Right is right!” war cry.
        But the day is young.
        : >

  7. Joe May 8, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    How come INET never seems to make any arrest? Is it because Inyo County does not have a drug problem? I can’t remember seeing a drug bust from INET in years. I also believe they have a much bigger task force than MONET. Just wondering what they do.

    • J-Frog May 8, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Yeah as proud of themselves they are, they sure don’t offer any real services to the people. Give that money to education or Green energy.

      • Tony Cumia May 10, 2013 at 7:47 am #

        “green energy”…like solindra?

        • J-Frog May 10, 2013 at 8:46 am #

          Did you know it cost us 5 times more to keep up this “oil energy” (by way of refining, import, export, transport, etc.) then if we were to by-pass it by the other known energy sources? Did you know that? Did you know the gasoline produced from tar sands oil if put in a Prius, it will burn as dirty as a hummer running on crude oil gasoline. Are you a skeptic of the effect we are having on our planet? or are you part of the crowd that believes in the second coming of Jesus so what we do to the planet doesn’t matter? or just don’t care?

          • Mark May 10, 2013 at 10:32 am #

            I have to question if your comments are even factual.

            Put me down for “I just don’t care”.

          • Tom O. May 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

            did you know? did you know?..put the pipe down…jeez

          • Tourbillon May 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

            “Did you know” that everything in your post is pre-canned propaganda? Did you know?

          • Big AL May 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

            Rambling .. how the heck this thread morph from druggies to fossil fuels and emissions … LOL

          • J-Frog May 13, 2013 at 10:30 am #

            We are all sheeps to the establishment! and its a shame how we are so content with the way of life that does not align with MotherEarths natural order.
            And we think we can make up the rules as we go..I don’t care how you interpret my words and text.. I try and speak from the heart, and not let others presence or stance divert how I feel..
            @Mark if you don’t take the time to find out yourself or just let mainstream news and all the other sources that scratch the establishments back on a daily basis tell you how you should feel, what difference does it make if its coming from me or a credible source? (serious question).
            I don’t mean to put anybody down (although I do, and try to own each time so I can avoid it in the future) I just feel so strongly and know in my heart that we as collective society are doing very little to help the mess we are kicking down the road to our kids and grandkids, the more we kick the can down the road, the further a solution will be for the generations after us to find.
            @Big Al Because until we get money out of politics everything is systematically integrated.
            Thankfully your approval and or disapproval means very little to me at this stage of the game…

          • don't have a clue May 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

            Big Al, in typical neocon fashion and mode of thinking, cannot for the life of him, understand how topics can change and morph into other topics. The words ambiguous and interdependence are a complete mystery to the minds of our so-called conservatives.
            Not only are the bothersome, but they stifle anything that resembles real progress.

    • Brian Keller May 8, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Jfrog, why wouldnt you want the cops to do that? You want them to only arrest the users and call it good or you want them to go to the dealers, the people selling to the users? just wondering?

      • J-Frog May 10, 2013 at 8:34 am #

        Brian K.
        I know there is a better way to handle the problems we have.
        I can’t support the justice system, status quo, or political policy’s. Yes they are all integrated. Of course I do want all the evils away from the youth and those who we all hold close to our heart. I don’t want to give reason why I don’t have faith in any of the three things I mentioned above, since the proof, data and obvious trends are out there, it’s just some don’t want to acknowledge or just continue to look the other way. (One example I just heard this morning, remember the ENRON ordeal a few years back, well that CEO that was sentenced to prison for 20 years just LITERALLY bought 10 years off his time, thanks to his pesky lawyers) Now is that justice you believe in? (One more example, another I heard this week Not only do the Republicans support the banks and “blow them kisses on a daily” but the Democrats do to, by way of supporting the new bill to deregulate WallST and the banks more, it was their derivative BS that was a prime reason why we got in this induced DEPRESSION.) You still want or choose to vote Republican or Democrat? “Is it any surprise that our elected officials continue to hold up policy’s that support the very own class they have been groomed or bread into?” -Peter Joseph-
        So before I really answer your questions its better that you get a better feeling of where I am coming. I feel they have the intelligence, resources, manpower, ABILITY, and common sense to go after the MAIN producers, and main dealers who don’t care about the darkness they deal and provide to the community. By way of implementing more services to help the underlying conditions to chemical dependency, help each other rather then act like we don’t see. .and quite frankly have officers not go after the petty stuff (we all know how petty some instances may be) no matter how slow the day is for the officer. If one wants to make the point “the people buying the drugs are just as bad as the dealers” so then it is safe to say that we all are contributing to the devastation laid upon OUR MotherEarth since we all contribute to the cyclical consumption the United Corporations of America or USA, make sure we take part in.
        I want to add this quote as well because it also points out how absurd our economic system is and how misguided our way of life is in conjunction to MotherEarths natural laws we are all bound to.
        “Adam Smith and John loch those notable economic philosophers who essentially formalized the current system as we know it, likely never imagined that the most profitable and influential industry on the planet, would eventually be in the realm of stock trading and investment, where money moves not for the sake of creativity, or direct production, but for the purpose of systematic extraction for simply more money.”
        “Likewise we went from a producer class, trading the fruits of their labor, with other producers, which actually did enable a rather unique form of human freedom and abstraction, to a system of those of high wealth concentration of money are able to detach from the producer role entirely, and instead buy human labor as a commodity, and under the metaphysical notion of “capital investment” are able to exploit those who actually invent and produce for their own narrow personal gain and power even though they produce absolutely nothing!”
        -Peter Joseph-
        So excuse me as I beg to differ. .

        • Tom O. May 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

          do you beg to differ, or does Pete Joseph?

    • sean May 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      INET was noted in a report about some busts in the Owens Valley in the last few months on this website. I think it was something about meth busts in Big Pine.

    • the typical mindset May 9, 2013 at 5:07 am #

      Everybody knows the evil Mammoth Lakes is the only place in these here parts with a drug problem.

  8. Dingo May 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    I know there is “We’ll leave the light on for you” joke somewhere here but I cant think of one.

  9. Mark May 7, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    The tubes wrote a song about these guys.

    white punks on dope

  10. ferdinand lopez May 7, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    good job monet,keep it up.pssssssssssssssst they just built a new kids park, probably be some junkies hanging out there soon

    • Trouble May 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      ferinand- maybe I can understand why you are sucking up to the police, but why do you have to criticize the kids park along the way?

      • J-Frog May 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

        Yeah no kidding! they are the ones that really have to deal with the bad policy’s and the huge debt that the bad policy’s are creating!

  11. J-Frog May 7, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    More for the wall of shame!
    Almost sounds like the Friday bust led to the Saturday Bust, funny how the system awards those who are grade A cowards (like snitching on buddies), but anyways it looks like they all could use a break. . .and the beat goes on. ..

    • Mark May 7, 2013 at 10:59 am #

      There’s no honor among thieves or druggies. So naturally the cops play one loser against the other. I say what ever works. These drugs create crime on the street. Good job LEO’s.

    • Desert Tortoise May 7, 2013 at 11:14 am #

      Cowardice is getting involved in criminal activity in the first place. You worry about honor among criminals when there is no honor in them to begin with. They all have forefeited their right to walk among honest people and belong locked up for a very long time. I don’t have an ounce of sympathy for any of this garbage.

      • J-Frog May 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

        I have no sympathy for these individuals either.
        Your right Mark, they do play one loser to the other since they are so predictable, Unless its a dependent of a fellow officer or a officer them self, they get that extra chance that barely gets mentioned but we all know it happens.
        I agree but, cowardice comes in many forms Desert Tortoise.

    • Wayne Deja May 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      J Frog….Criminals do it ALL the time,hoping for a better deal to avoid a lot of prison time….The cowards are the ones committing the crimes,and making all of us victims in one way or the other….Watch the series on A & E called “The First 48”,the only REAL reality show on T.V….all these big tough criminals saying “no snitching”,blah,blah,blah….but the first chance they get,they turn on their friends,relatives,or anyone else ,hoping for a better deal….

  12. Big Rick OBrien May 6, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    It must be getting pretty crowded up there in Bridgeport …(at the gray-bar hotel)

  13. Trouble May 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Well. i’ve heard Bridgeport jail is nicer then Motel 6 anyway.

    • rezboy May 7, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      That it is, Bridgeport Jail has the best grubb you will find in any jail, and the trustees have it even better, their eggs are cooked to order

      • Mark May 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

        I don’t know about that. 😉

        Sheriff Bill treated us to lunch at his jail and I must say those were some darn good BLT’s.

      • J-Frog May 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

        Yeah, how fantastic that sounds rezboy. That must make you proud to confirm that.

      • Wayne Deja May 7, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

        rezboy……ANY food is better food than what your served in jail. I’ve never been incarcerated,but I choose to eat what,when and where I want …..not how it is when your locked up.


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