Swift MLPD work nets two arrests in pharmacy burglary

Vons Mammoth 2ARREST MADE IN THE VON’S PHARMACY BURGLARY CASE  (MLPD Press Release)

On Tuesday, October 29 the Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD) arrested a suspect in the recent burglary of the Von’s Pharmacy in the Minaret Mall.

After following up on leads, MLPD Detective Doug Hornbeck and Officer Andy Lehr served a search warrant at St. Moritz Condos, #13.  They recovered evidence at that residence and arrested Christopher James Powell, 21, of Mammoth Lakes.  Powell was a Von’s employee and had been working as a cashier in the satellite store that included the pharmacy.

MONET agents assisted in the investigation and service of the search warrant.  They also arrested Randy Rojas, 27, of Mammoth Lakes at the same residence.

Powell was booked into the Mono County Jail.  His charges are 459 PC/Burglary, 135 PC/Destroying or Concealing Evidence and an outstanding warrant from San Bernardino.  He is currently being held at the Mono County jail and his bail has been set at $20,000.

Rojas was released on a citation for 135 PC/Destroying or Concealing Evidence, 11364 H&S/Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia and 11357(b) H&S/Possession of Marijuana.

According to Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson, prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic and statistics show that approximately one third of those affected are juveniles between 12-17 years old.  The growth in prescription drug abuse has resulted in a large increase in overdose deaths nationwide.  The abuse of prescription pain pills has increased heroin abuse because it is cheaper than buying pills.  Many prescription drugs are diverted into the streets via thefts from pharmacies.  Prescriptions drugs, especially pain killers can be just as addicting as heroin, but are generally more expensive on the illegal market.  So, those who have become addicted to prescription drugs frequently begin using heroin.  The Mammoth Lakes Police Department, along with our allied law enforcement agencies and MONET, will continue to aggressively work to combat the illegal diversion of prescription drugs into our communities.

 

 

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ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
8 years ago

hang em high

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

They need to go after the doctors pushing this crap on our kids.

Mark
Mark
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

LEO’s need to roll the SWAT vehicle up to the doctors office bash in the front and shoot the doctor like they do with other drug dealers.

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Yeah, but they can’t risk getting Rush Limbaugh in crossfire.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Excuse me but though surgeries are, for me, thankfully few and very far between, I very much appreciate the availability of such pharmeceuticals to take the edge off the pain so I can rest comfortably and recuperate. Don’t blithely assume all such meds are abused. Most are not. Or would… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

just keep in mind pharmeceuticals kill more people then all other drugs combined. So I will asume such meds have a high reocrd of abuse.

Sean
Sean
8 years ago

I hope the defendants get the help they need – IN PRISON!

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

I just don’t understand. I will use vicodin sparingly after a surgery but really detest the way it fuzzes my mind. I don’t like that feeling at all. What is the appeal?

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
8 years ago

Not to mention the VERY unpleasant havoc that it wreaks on your digestive system. THAT pain was almost as bad as the pain the vicodin was relieving. just sayin’…

ClearWithdrawal.com
ClearWithdrawal.com
8 years ago

Wayne — while your experience may be true, it is a rare one. People do desperate things for opiates and opiate addiction is extremely powerful. Anyone who has ever had an opiate addiction knows how absolutely gut-wrenching awful it is to go through withdrawals. There’s an epidemic of prescription drug… Read more »

Dingo
Dingo
8 years ago

Good job MLPD!
I guess I’d be lying if I said I have no sympathy for these two suspects, I hope they get the help they need.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Just because prescription drugs were stolen,especially in this case where it involved an employee with easy access and knowledge of the pharmacy,doesn’t mean the ones that (allegedly) committed this crime are addicted to prescription drugs…..in my “old life”,I knew of a person that did this very same thing at a… Read more »

TBone
TBone
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, I’m not sure what the point of your comment is, other than to once again beat the dead horse of refer madness. You’re doing no one a service by discounting the seriousness of prescription drug addiction and it’s related crime.

Sometimes it’s best to just say nothing.

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  TBone

Wayne’s comment is no discount of seriousness of problem. Fact that these meds are worth stealing shows problem whether thief is addicted to anything or not. Good chance thief was addict, but true things are bartered on street. Dealers often sell drugs they don’t use while they are addicted to… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

Pedro…Thing is,maybe back in the “olden days”,marijuana wasn’t seen,or could be classified as an “addictive drug”….but now,in these days,with the additives and increased potency,it can be for some….and can become a problem for those that use it on a daily,regular basis for a lot of reasons…it no longer sells for… Read more »

TBone
TBone
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, you’re talking about things you know nothing about. Specifically, what “additives” are you referring to? And please point to a study that shows pot is actually stronger now than it was in the 70’s. There’s no evidence that shows this, just hype from the industry and prohibitionists fools like… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  TBone

Another quick note – there is the phenomenon of drugs being habituating rather than addicting. The sensation becomes a habit for some though not chemically addictive.
BK

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

TBone……It’s obvious your one of those in favor of legalizing marijuana to the point to where if they had their way,you could walk into a quick-stop market and purchase an ounce of weed along with their bottle of pepsi and a pack of skittles….You can stick to your “facts and… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, agree that chronic use of anything to avoid life is a problem, especially for young people, as it retards emotional maturity. But as Bennett said, not all substance habits lead to addiction. While the overall strength of weed on the street has gone up, there has always been a… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

“there is the phenomenon of drugs being habituating rather than addicting”

I think they call it psychological dependence.

Golf & Skiing is are good examples. .

All while cigarettes kill daily and remain legal.

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

I personally like how the DSM separates abuse and dependence. The DSM breaks it down very clearly and makes it easy to see where a person is in relation to the scale with plain language. The link is for alcohol, if you search it you will see breakdowns for other… Read more »

MajorTom
MajorTom
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

The drug thing just seems like a way for us to divide each other up and separate ourselves from each other. You have the guy who likes his beer, sitting around with the gal who likes her caffeine, and with the one who likes her prozak, hating on the guy… Read more »

Mongo The Idiot
Mongo The Idiot
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

I guess it’s possible to overdo anything, even wisdom.