Two Reedly men arrested on drug charges

– Press release from Mono County Sheriff’s office

On the morning of Saturday, November 29th, 2014, at approximately 7:30 am, Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling southbound on Hwy 395 near SR 108 and Fale Hot Springs.

Bertin Cortez-Guzman

Bertin Cortez-Guzman

Bertin Cortez-Guzman, age 27, of Reedly, CA, and Jose Becerra-Cortez, age 18, also of Reedly, CA, were stopped by deputies on southbound Hwy 395 near SR 108 and Fale Hot Springs for speeding. When the driver, Mr. Cortez-Guzman, was asked for his driver’s license, he provided deputies with his Mexican Consulate Card as he did not have a California driver’s license. Both Mr. Cortez-Guzman and Mr. Becerra-Cortez were asked to exit the vehicle.

Upon a vehicle search, a medium sized black and blue nylon case was located in the center console of the vehicle. Deputies became suspicious and called for the narcotics detection K-9.

Jose Becerra Cortez

Jose Becerra Cortez

K-9 Tara alerted to the exterior of the vehicle, and once deployed inside the vehicle, she alerted to the center console compartment and revealed methamphetamine. Inside the nylon bag were twenty six (26) individually wrapped plastic baggies containing methamphetamine.

After further investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cortez-Guzman and Mr. Becerra-Cortez were traveling from Reedly, CA, to Mammoth Lakes, CA, to meet a buyer and sell the pre-packaged methamphetamine.

Jose Becerra-Cortez, age 18, of Reedly, CA, was arrested for 11378 HS (possession of a controlled substance for sale) and 11379 (A) HS (transportation of a controlled substance).

Bertin Cortez-Guzman, age 27, of Reedly, CA, was arrested for 12500 (A) VC (driving without a license); 11377 (A) HS (possession of a controlled substance); 11378 HS (possession of a controlled substance for sale); and 11379 (A) HS (transportation of a controlled substance). Mr. Cortez-Guzman is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail.

All charges for Mr. Becerra-Cortez and Mr. Cortez-Guzman are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.

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

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19 Responses to Two Reedly men arrested on drug charges

  1. Trouble December 7, 2014 at 2:25 am #

    It’s funny how things and opinions in this country seem to go in cycles. Looks like people are getting tired of the police state our country just went threw!

    • Charles O. Jones December 8, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      It’s funny, when I read this article I tend think of how tired I am of unlicensed drivers speeding down the roads with bags full of meth – and I think of thankful I am that we professional law enforcement officers to stop them.

  2. Trouble December 6, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Just legalize pot so all these drug arguments go away. The biggest mistake our gov’t made was classafing pot as a class one narcotic. It’s a joke and has been one since at least the 60″s.

    • Mark December 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

      A lot of what our Government does is a joke. Like giving non-profit tax status to the NFL.

  3. p ite December 6, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    how much did the individual bags weigh ? that seems like a long way to drive for such a small amount.

    • Mark December 9, 2014 at 9:41 am #

      Who cares, book em’ Danno.

  4. Rick O'Brien December 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    Dear AP, taking,(doing) drugs to get high, and taking them because you’re sick and were prescribed to you by a doctor…are two very different worlds, and I can’t believe that anyone would try to lump them together as you have. Booze, was made illegal for a very short time (1920 to ’33) and was one of the biggest mistakes the federal government ever made, being how it was the birth of organized crime. Now, by YOUR standards, if I drink beer when I want, (which is legal)… and take medicine when I’m sick
    (which is also legal)…I”M A HYPOCRITE ? Uh,uh.

    • The Aggressive Progressive December 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      Allow me to further explain myself….
      So what about when the substance is in the same form but used in both of the ways you mentioned? Like ALL prescription drugs for instance, in some perspective’s they are only used when prescribed by a licensed physician or pharmacy, and some will abuse it just to get high. Or Marijuana, we only know a piece of what good it can do because it has been deemed a class 1 drug, we know it helps in many ways but just like prescription drugs, I LUMP THEM TOGETHER BECAUSE THE INITIAL FORM IS THE SAME BEFORE CONSUMPTION! and within our gov’t they don’t really care how they are being used (job security) as long as the revenue keeps coming in.

      Also for somebody to say they hate illegal drugs, I just assume they are free from all stimulating substances or somebody so far in their own context that they don’t see the obvious contradiction’s on what is best for you and me implemented by what is deemed legal or illegal by the state.. Yes, this is my opinion, and I also feel organized crime actions are reflected within the US Gov’t (economic hitman, lobbyist, money laundering, money in politics….).

      I just don’t get the mentality’s that celebrate the status quo of the DEA, war on drugs, lack of rehabilitation resources, lack of education on the FACTS, the lack of knowledge of the susceptible individuals that fall to addiction, commonly have severe mental or emotional scars and pain, and along with the lack of resources going to help those with severe mental and emotional problems.

      I stand behind my previous statement saying the only way we will see real progress in the “war on drugs” is with COMPASSION AND EDUCATION, I feel any kind of HATE is far from the solution we need to find a answer to this growing problem in our society. Creating a war out of the american drug problem along with the militarization of police forces is a step backwards… I would love somebody to convince me otherwise, Your thumbs down says very little.

      Our systems are broken! What are you fighting for?

  5. William H Bonney December 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    For the record, the illegal aliens suspects are from “Reedley”, not “Reedly.”

    • Bob Todd December 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

      My bad.

  6. Rick O'Brien December 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    I hate illegal drugs, probably more than most, but why were they searching this vehicle BEFORE the drug dog arrived ? You can’t search a car just because the driver’s not licensed.

    Meth is the scourge of the earth…

    • sean December 3, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

      Actually a cop can search the car of an unlicensed driver. Usually happens when the car is towed or as the car is being prepared to be towed. Or incident to an arrest.

    • The Aggressive Progressive December 5, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      So I assume Rick you don’t drink alcohol (once deemed Illegal by legislators), or take prescription drugs who’s make up is a illegal drug, or to me you sound like a total hypocrite to say you hate illegal drugs and potentially consume pretty much the same thing… maybe it’s the users and actions users take when high that you hate? I totally understand that, I hate stupid people at times too..but nobody is perfect, and in my opinion meth is way more dangerous then anything else because of its availability.. but I’m sure hate doesn’t help the problem go away.

  7. The Aggressive Progressive December 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    If you people want to hear it or not, meth is easier to find then anything else on the streets, for one; you can tell a mile away if someone is a user (collaboration), and two; for some reason it seems like there is a never-ending supply (availability).. but yes I know I know y’all want to give law enforcement a high five while bowing your heads, but I’m not going to blame the drug user or the powerless citizens why things are the way they are, I blame those in power and the status quo keepers.
    There’s that saying; If you find yourself blaming those in a lower class bracket then you are in, your probably being manipulated by someone from a higher class bracket.

    And the fact Inyo county Sheriffs department got no arrests or leads in that Marijuana plantation that was eradicated a few months ago, is a waste of public tax dollars and a waste of time for the 7 agencies represented, PATHETIC! Cut your losses, admit and acknowledge counter-productive policies and we might move forward with actual progress.

    • SierraFan December 3, 2014 at 8:25 am #

      There’s a delusional thought for the day!

      • The Aggressive Progressive December 5, 2014 at 9:48 am #

        SierraFan, I do my best not to just plain out call people names or put them down, ESPECIALLY if that is all I am bringing to the table…
        Here’s a delusional thought for the day;
        Capitalism defends itself as being a scarcity focused system, it says, oh but there is scarcity, there is not enough to go around, so what does it do, it defends scarcity (I am generally speaking of capitalism or market economics that we know and contribute to) but then goes and promotes infinite consumption, because consumption is what drives the whole thing, consumption is what keeps the money moving between all the major actors, if you have less consumption, you have more unemployment and reduced growth…so the delusion is to think we can fix any of the major problems we face working within this socio-economic framework….

        Awesome news for the day, You most likely won’t hear on FOXNEWS;
        Illinois became the third state (Illinois, California, Vermont) to call for a constitutional convention to get money out of politics, we need 2/3’s of the (34) states to call for a convention and 3/4’s of the states to ratify the amendment… this is the way to get a constitutional amendment without needing the lames in DC, Yes the states do have power, and state reps aren’t total sell outs like those in DC.. GO

    • JulieT December 3, 2014 at 9:34 am #

      Good food for thought.Thanks

  8. Trouble December 2, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Why anyone would want to try meth is hard to understand?

  9. Mark December 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Oh the irony of illegals bringing meth to TOML…


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