Mono Sheriff: Drug arrest; S&R

– Press releases from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office:

On the evening of Monday, July 29, 2013, at approximately 8:30pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle headed southbound on Hwy 395 near McGee Creek.

Bruce Pottenger

Bruce Pottenger

Bruce Pottenger, age 55, of Minden, NV, was stopped by deputies on southbound Hwy 395 and McGee Creek Road for expired registration. During questioning of the expired registration, Mr. Pottenger advised deputies that he was on probation for drug possession. Mr. Pottenger was asked to exit his vehicle and also asked if he possessed any drugs on his person or in the vehicle. He stated he did not.

Upon a vehicle search, four (4) grams of methamphetamine, three (3) methamphetamine pipes, and narcotic paraphernalia was located inside a black backpack in the vehicle. Mr. Pottenger was arrested and taken to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident. Charges for this incident are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.


On Monday morning, July 29, 2013, the Mono County Sheriff Search & Rescue (SAR) Team was called out for a hiker experiencing chest pains near Summit Lake, about 4 miles from the Virginia Lakes trailhead.

 The 61 year old backpacker began experiencing chest pains around midnight and pressed the 911 emergency button on his SPOT device in the morning. The SPOT device sends a signal to an orbiting satellite, which then sends a signal showing the device’s location to an emergency notification center. The center then notifies emergency personnel for the area in which the SPOT device is activated.

The SAR team, along with personnel from Yosemite Search and Rescue, hiked into the area with emergency medical equipment. In addition, the Yosemite National Park helicopter was requested for a medical extraction. The team and helicopter reached the backpacker, evaluated his medical condition, and then flew him to the Mammoth Lakes airport where he was taken by paramedics to Mammoth Hospital for treatment.

32 Responses to Mono Sheriff: Drug arrest; S&R

  1. ferdinand lopez August 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    look back at your history lessons,nazi germany was viewed as one of the top nations of its time,dominating the olympics and growth,the holocaust was their big downfall,dislike or dislike

    • Big AL August 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      Ferd .. the holocaust didn’t bring them down .. they just got wore down by the allies finally. The holocaust was a terrible sickness manifested in the minds of insane individuals and allowed to happen with a blind eye form people who knew better.

  2. check mate August 3, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Good point Todd. Every time you read about anything drug related its Mono County or Bishop Police. Doesn’t Inyo County have a drug team? What do they do since they don’t get drugs? Maybe Mono County and Bishop Police should team up.

  3. Toms Place Dave August 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    I bet he doesn’t get the same treatment or sentence as ex Doctor Dostrow, but hey he’s buddies with a judge isn’t he !

  4. TBone August 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Bruce was a resident of Bishop for nearly 20 years. A father, business owner, homeowner, and all-around creative, healthy, and intelligent human being. Simply dismissing him as a “druggy” fails to address the real issue of addiction as a disease, and how we deal this disease with jail time, rather than some form of effective medical treatment. Another life destroyed, and our jails continue to fill with addicts and casual users, while violent offenders are set free to deal with overcrowding (see previous story of assault on Ed Powers Road).

    • Big AL August 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

      Yes Tbone … I hear ya … very sad .. He is a good guy, he was not like this when I knew him … It seems to be that with so much crap going on in society today, drugs like this meth crap is on the rise, abuse is rampant, and we don’t see it usually until it’s too late ..

      I’m not sure exactly how, or if we can fix this .. to much mee mee mee going on. A lot of times even if you identify it and try to help .. if they don’t help .. you can’t force them. Unless like this .. they get busted, sometimes that does it .. but mostly it doesn’t.

    • Desert Tortoise August 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

      I have never bought this notion that addiction is a disease. It is a weakness, a character flaw, and the tendency towards addiction may even have a genetic component, but it is not a disease. Calling it a disease is just a weak excuse for those who are addicted to deflect their culpability. I don’t buy that nonsense for a second.

      • Deluded Desert Tortoise August 3, 2013 at 11:43 am #

        Desert Tortoise is deluded in not seeing blogs as addictive and therefor a disease that may also be a weakness, character flaw, and perhaps the non-stop desire to comment on everything a blog presents has a genetic component.

      • TBone August 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

        “and the tendency towards addiction may even have a genetic component”

        You mean like Down syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, Polycystic kidney disease? Perhaps we should incarcerate all of these genetically defective humans? And what is the “culpability” of an addict, exactly, in a civilized society?

        Please, enlighten us.

    • Ken Warner August 3, 2013 at 7:44 am #

      You could say almost exactly the same thing about tobacco and alcohol except the jail part.

  5. Barlow boy August 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    It took me about 30 seconds to make this Key and 1 click or tap to eccrypt any message text or email, eheheheh 🙂

    • Desert Tortoise August 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

      Doesn’t matter because unless you use TOR or some other proxy that hides your ip address or, like TOR, routes your internet traffic through so many intermediaries that no one can tell who you are communicating with, the senders and receiver’s ip addresses are visible to anyone monitoring internet traffic. Encrypting does not protect your traffic that way. TOR, however, does.

  6. Barlow boy August 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    And Oh yea I forgot to mention, this is why tha Mexican CarteLs ARE STILL IN BUSINESS They got smart a long time ago and began using encryption in their daily business 🙂

  7. sugar magnolia August 2, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    One more thing, Mono County sheriff said they didn’t have extra staff to help police Mammoth, but all of a sudden, they are sitting and hiding in the bushes all over Mono County. Obviously they have way too many personnel.

    • Big AL August 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      Sugar … I think they got a lil egg o their face with all of the rawl about not doing traffic stops on the highways ..

  8. Todd August 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Inyo has more drugs than Mono. Just no enforcement other than by Bishop PD. Just look around Big Pine or Bishop.

  9. ferdinand lopez August 1, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    maybe a permanent checkpoint on 395 would be good

    • sugar magnolia August 2, 2013 at 8:36 am #

      why stop at our cars ferd??? why not LEO can come in our house anytime they want, stop us and search us for no reason. Your ok with that, but what if they were checking for unregistered guns too?

      We need protections from LEO’s, and we need reasonable drug laws that can be fairly enforced.

      • Desert Tortoise August 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

        Driving isn’t a right, it is a privelege earned by passing a driving and written test, not accumulating too many citations and/or traffic collisions and by keeping your vehicle properly registered. When you take a car out on the road you have already given every leo in the state permission to stop you and ask to see your drivers license, registration and insurance documents. It is called “implied consent”. There is no violation of your rights if a cop stops you and asks to see these. Quite the opposite, if you drive on our highways you have an obligation to have these with you at all times and if you don’t then you very much deserve to be cited and, if applicable, say if your car is not registered, seized and towed away to impound. if you don’t want to follow the laws you have no business on the road and I expect the police to find the lawbreakers and enforce those laws.

        • Tourbillon August 4, 2013 at 6:29 am #

          “When you take a car out on the road you have already given every leo in the state permission to stop you and ask to see your drivers license, registration and insurance documents.”

          Wrong. The mere act of driving does NOT give a cop the right to stop you and demand to see your papers. In America, to stop you a government agent must have a reasonable suspicion based on articulable facts that you have committed a violation, DUI checkpoints excepted. This trifling procedural nuisance which our system has decided is Constitutionally compelled might seem highly regrettable, but there it is.

          But to cheer you up, if you are referencing Russia, you are quite correct. Police can and do randomly stop drivers demanding to see their papers even in these sunny post-USSR days. If you’ve never been, you might visit some time. I think you’d like it. Pozhalsta.

          • Mark August 4, 2013 at 11:38 am #

            But to cheer you up, if you are referencing Round Valley, you are quite correct. CHP can and do randomly stop drivers demanding to see their papers even in these sunny post- Nazi Germany

        • Big AL August 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

          So DT .. yeah .. the whole nonsense about papers is one thing .. but your idea of implied consent does not apply in a traffic stop. It applies to sobriety tests.

          In court .. it applies sort of how you are inferring, if there is no objection from the party being questioned, then it is implied they give consent to questioning.

          It does not give the officer consent to search your car, that is why you always say no to a search, no matter if you have something to hide or not. If you do not answer yes or no, then the officer can feel he or she has the “implied” consent to search your vehicle, but they do not have that right.
          Unless they can show probable cause … ie … your pupils were dilated, or your registration is expired and your eyes are dilated.

          In this case with Bruce, he admitted he was on parole for a drug charge, that nullified his rights.

          To see your drivers license and your vehicle registration is part of a traffic stop procedure, having your vehicle searched is not.

          After all .. if you have nothing to hide .. then why worry. But the door for abuse is open if it is allowed to happen automatically.

          And just because you drive on the road … doesn’t mean you are subject to search. It does subject you to being ticketed for an infraction.

      • wiliiams August 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

        They LEO already does that up thar in Bridgeport, especially on tha Indian rez there sad but true 🙁

    • Trouble August 3, 2013 at 6:03 am #

      Ferinand- are you serious? Wouldn’t you feel like you live in Nazi Germany if you had to pass threw a check point every day to prove you did nothing wrong? Oh wait, we all ready do to protect ourselves against drunk drivers. Never mind!

      Our war on drugs and alcohol is a sad joke.

      • Fascism in America August 3, 2013 at 11:31 am #

        Excellent analogy between the way some Americans and their seemingly huge desire to run the country the way Nazi Germany once did, Trouble.

        These poor souls are so negative and full of fear that the word “Liberal” is a contemptuous word today.

        The Nazis very effectively demonized and scapegoated the liberals of their day, also people of color, people of non-Aryan denomination, gay people, non-Christians …

        “When fascism comes to America – it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”
        Sinclair Lewis, 1935

        • wiliiams August 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

          When fascism comes to ameriKKKa it’s gonna be a blooodBath fo sho, Homeland Security didn’t buy 750 million rounds of Hollow-point Bullets for nothin, ya think, just read “FM 3-39.40 INTERNMENT AND RESETTLEMENT OPERATIONS, per U.S. Army, just download this doc. pdf. and see for yourself what’s coming down tha pick, Seig HieL 🙂

  10. Mark August 1, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    The expired registration absolutely guarantees he will get pulled over when LEO’s see his expired tags, and being on probation for drug possession absolutely guarantees his vehicle will be search.

    Only a drug addicted absolute fool would have drugs in their possession under those circumstances.

    Who’s next 😉

  11. Keller August 1, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    How come there is so much Druggies in MONO County? What is it withe MONO County? You don’t see these drug trafficking incidents in Inyo County??

    • Wayne Deja August 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

      If you notice,the majority of the latest arrests are out-of-towners passing through on HWY. 395…the others …..Mammoth Lakes…..

      • getreal August 2, 2013 at 7:58 am #

        He’s not an out of towner. He resided in Bishop (not that long ago) and had drug charges while in Inyo county.

      • Dee August 2, 2013 at 10:16 am #

        Bruce lived in Bishop for around 20 years, he was on probation for drug offences in Inyo county if my memory serves me correct.
        Very sad indeed, just another example of how horrible meth is. Bruce was really a great person, extremely talented, big heart, very fun and full of good humor.
        Meth destroyed his life, pretty darn sad.
        Hopefully he can get his life on the right track after incarceration, sincerely best wishes for a troubled guy.

      • Why the jealousy, Wayne? August 3, 2013 at 11:16 am #

        Why are you so insanely jealous of Mammoth Lakes and the good people that choose to live there, Wayne Deja?

        Believe it or not, there are some of who have worked hard, got a good education, found good jobs, watched their spending, and can afford to live in Mammoth Lakes.

        Why is this such a huge problem for you, Wayne?


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