Mono County's narcotics enforcement team has had a busy week last week, including the arrest of a Fresno drug dealer with previous ties to Mammoth and the arrest of two local June Lake residents on other charges.
Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET) concluded the first investigation by arresting Sergio Pena Cabrera, a 24-year-old Fresno resident. Cabrera was arrested for possession for sale, and for sales of methamphetamine when agents recovered a ¼ ounce of methamphetamine. Cabrera is linked to a Fresno organization that has delivered narcotics to Mammoth Lakes in the past. Agents have arrested several of these operators over the past few years for narcotic sales.
At the time of Cabrera’s arrest, he gave agents a false name. After his identity was confirmed, he was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant and to be on formal probation in another county. Cabrera was booked at the Mono County Jail and is also being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as an illegal immigrant.
MONET agents also served a search warrant in June Lake where they discovered an indoor marijuana grow with approximately 50 plants.
The occupants, 28-year-old Nicholas Dunahoo and 25-year-old Kimberly Maddox, both of June Lake, were arrested and charged with manufacturing, copying, selling and/or renting pirated DVD movies. The pair possessed several hundred pirated DVD movies, duplication equipment and evidence of the illegal enterprise. Agents also recovered a shotgun from the residence.
Additionally, Dunahoo had an outstanding felony warrant in another county.
In other law enforcement activities, on Saturday, Jan. 15 at approximately 6:30 p.m., a Mono County Sheriff Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Lee Vining area for expired registration. The deputy made contact with the two individuals inside of the vehicle, identified as Ashley Strickland, 20, and Jose Henriquez, 21, of Grass Valley, along with a third party.
During the investigation, Ms. Strickland and Mr. Henriquez displayed symptoms of being under the influence of narcotics and were ultimately placed under arrest. The deputy conducted a search of the vehicle and located several baggies containing marijuana and methamphetamine along with narcotic paraphernalia.
Ms. Strickland was transported to, cited, and released at the Bridgeport Sheriff Station.
Mr. Henriquez was transported to and booked at the Mono County Jail. He will be facing numerous charges including possession of a controlled substance and giving false information to a peace officer.