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RAW: Bishop mother and son arrested on meth charges

January 24, 2014

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), recently concluded a narcotics investigation in Mammoth Lakes that recently resulted in the arrest of a mother and son from Bishop on charges of selling methamphetamines to a minor and other charges.

"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." according to a Mono County Sheriff's office news release.

With information of a pending narcotics sale, MONET agents observed Juan Manuel Vargas Gutierrez, 21, Bishop, meet with a female, in his parked vehicle, in a parking lot.

The female purchased one ounce of methamphetamine from Gutierrez and his mother, Maria Socorro Vargas Gomez, 39, also of Bishop, the news release stated.

Gutierrez then met with a juvenile in another parking lot, outside of his vehicle, and exchanged six bindles of methamphetamine to the juvenile.

Gutierrez and Gomez were placed under arrest and transported to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

Upon questioning Gutierrez, he stated he and his mother had driven to Mammoth Lakes from Bishop with the intent to sell and distribute methamphetamine. He said he had provided methamphetamine to the juvenile before, as the juvenile helped Gutierrez distribute the methamphetamine.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence 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.

A second search warrant was obtained by the INET for Gutierrez’s residence 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.

Gutierrez and Gomez were transported and booked into the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport.

Gutierrez 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.

Gomez 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.

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