Bishop mother, son, busted in Mammoth on meth charges; juvenile held

Mono County narcotics officers this past week arrested a 39-year old Bishop woman and her 21-year-old son for selling meth to a Mammoth Lakes juvenile, a sheriff’s spokesperson said in a news release.

 

Maria Socorro Vargas Gomez faces charges of possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; transportation of a controlled substance; and conspiracy to commit a crime.

 

Juan Manuel Vargas Gutierrez, who was taken into custody, 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.

 

A 19-year-old juvenile was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for sale; and transportation of a controlled substance. He was turned over to juvenile probation authorities, according to the news release distributed on Friday, Jan. 24..

 

The busts came after 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 Mammoth.

 

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 Mammoth. 

 

With information of a pending narcotics sale, MONET agents observed Juan Manuel Vargas Gutierrez meet with a female in his parked vehicle, in a parking lot. 

 

The female purchased one ounce of methamphetamine from Gutierrez and his mother, the spokesperson said.

 

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 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 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 30 ounces. 

 

Mr. Gutierrez and Ms. Gomez were transported and booked into the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident.

 

All charges in connection with the incident are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.