Man, mother and a juvenile arrested in multi-agency drug investigation

Juan Vargas Gutierrez

Juan Vargas Gutierrez

MONET narcotics investigation leads to several arrests  (press release)

The Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, and the Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), concluded a narcotics investigation in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

During the past couple of weeks, as part of a continuous narcotics investigation, MONET agents, along with the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, were following leads regarding a local methamphetamine distributor around the Town of Mammoth Lakes. With information of a pending narcotics sale, MONET agents observed Juan Manuel Vargas Gutierrez, age 21, of Bishop, CA, meet with a female, in his parked vehicle, in a parking lot. The female purchased one ounce of methamphetamine from Mr. Gutierrez and his mother, Maria Socorro Vargas Gomez, age 39, also of Bishop, CA. The transaction was completed and Mr. Gutierrez drove away.

Mr. Gutierrez then met with a juvenile in another parking lot, outside of his vehicle, and exchanged six (6) bindles of methamphetamine to the juvenile. Mr. Gutierrez returned to his vehicle and drove away. Mammoth Lakes Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. Mr. Gutierrez and Ms. Gomez were placed under arrest and transported to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department without incident.

Upon questioning of Mr. Gutierrez, he stated he and his mother had driven to Mammoth Lakes from Bishop with the intent to sell and distribute methamphetamine. He stated he had provided methamphetamine to the juvenile before, as the juvenile helped Mr. Gutierrez distribute the methamphetamine. A search warrant was obtained for the resident of the juvenile where the six (6) bindles of methamphetamine were discovered and recovered from inside the handle bars of the juvenile’s scooter. Juvenile probation was contacted and took the juvenile into custody without incident. A second search warrant was obtained by the Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), for Mr. Gutierrez’s resident in Bishop. INET agents discovered and recovered additional methamphetamine, a digital scale, and additional packing materials from the residence. The total methamphetamine recovered from this incident was approximately thirty (30) ounces. Mr. Gutierrez and Ms. Gomez were transported and booked into the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident.

Juan Manuel Vargas Gutierrez, age 21, of Bishop, CA, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; transportation of a controlled substance; using a minor as a selling agent; and conspiracy to commit a crime. Mr. Gutierrez is currently in custody. Maria Socorro Vargas Gomez, age 39, of Bishop, CA, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; transportation of a controlled substance; and conspiracy to commit a crime.

The juvenile was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; and transportation of a controlled substance.

All charges for this incident are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.

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

 

 

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able body
able body
8 years ago

I looked it up and one ounce costs approximately $1,700 and is about 110 hits of meth. Wow. 30 ounces is a lot of meth. Great job MONET.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
8 years ago

For the up-teenth time…meth is the scourge of the earth.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

And a major income source for North Korea (the government itself used to manufacture it in government owned labs for distribution to the global underworld) where it is legal to use, along with pot (which is called “mouth tobacco”). Might explain some North Korean behaviors.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

Funny but an observation about the relative ages of the mother and son gets edited out. You can do the subtraction and see what I mean, and speculate on what social dynamics bring mother and son to their current low position in life, selling drugs to minors. Nice family. We’ll… Read more »

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8 years ago

2cents, what do you mean, nothing new?

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago

The REALLY sad part of this story is that numerous juveniles were buying this crap..come on kids, be smarter than that…this stuff will ruin your life and nothing good comes from using it. There are a lot of worthwhile things out there if you want to expand your mind…meth is… Read more »

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
8 years ago
Reply to  sugar magnolia

Sugar, Are parents attractive enough to kids to be thoroughly effective in providing support to those needing to explore alternatives? Kids seem to relate better to people in the community other than their parents. Could this be why the pusher wins their trust so frequently? Also, are productive people in… Read more »

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
8 years ago

Question; Is MONET pronounced the same as the French artist, or the same as Mo- Net?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Monet

Sierra Lady
Sierra Lady
8 years ago

Mongo, I assume you are being sarcastic?

Just in case you’re not:

Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team(MONET)

http://www.j.mammothlakespd.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=93

B. Richter

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
8 years ago
Reply to  Sierra Lady

What is so peculiar about the question?
Is it unclear?
The link did not provide any information about pronunciation of the acronym.
I’m sorry it offended you Sierra Lady.
MONGO

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

Mongo, we do not like ze French. or their fries.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

We like their fries if you super-size 🙂

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

Got it..
It aint’ art, it’s MO- Net.
Mongo

Tinner
Tinner
8 years ago

Ignorance breeds ignorance.

Did Tara have the day off?

josh
josh
8 years ago

Now this sounds more like a “Plethora” of druggs 🙂

2 cents
2 cents
8 years ago

Nothing new.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Damn, i’ve never even seen my mom drunk.

JeremiahJoseph
JeremiahJoseph
8 years ago

I meant “bio psyhco social environment”, Dr. Gabor Mate’ can rely the meanings better than I can.
but good bust by the way.. That’s a win. But more like “when will it stop?”

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

With this story,and in response to “Michael D’s” comment on the January 21 drug bust story,I think the same Michael D. that called me out to be an out-of-work idiot,on that story he stated “The problem with meth addiction is not a Law Enforcement issue,it’s a medical issue.Treatment and ongoing… Read more »

JeremiahJoseph
JeremiahJoseph
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, what I try to elude to is how the criminal justice system leaves out relevant social sciences, because we are a reflection of our Bio-Social Environment, especially in those critical times of development….

Pynion Pete
Pynion Pete
8 years ago
Reply to  JeremiahJoseph

Biosocial Theory is a theory in behavioral and social science that reduces personality disorders and mental illnesses and disabilities to biologically-determined personality traits reacting to environmental stimuli.[

Tom O
Tom O
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

All one has to do is sit in the parking lot at Right Aid for 10minutes……you’ll see this going on any giving day.

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

Bob Todd
If you had saved plethora headline for this bust, I wouldn’t have argued.