MONET busts four
The Mono County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET), along with the assistance of Mono County Sheriff Deputies, concluded a narcotics warrant investigation in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
On the morning of Sunday, December 15, at approximately 7 a.m., MONET agents, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a search warrant investigation at a residence in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
With this initial search warrant, additional information was obtained, leading to another residence, also in Mammoth Lakes, included in the narcotics investigation.
Between the two searches, and several alerts by narcotics detection K-9, Tara, indicating the presence of narcotics, the subsequent discovery and recovery of approximately four ounces of cocaine; concentrated cannabis; multiple types of prescription narcotics; several digital scales; plastic bindles; pay sheets indicating the sales of narcotics; and one pistol, led to the arrest of four individuals who were transported and booked into the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident.
Vasiliy Shkunov, age 23, of Mammoth Lakes, CA, was ultimately arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales; sales of a controlled substance; possession of prescription narcotics; being under the influence of a controlled substance; and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Mr. Shkunov is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail.
Alyssa Magana, age 20, of Mammoth Lakes, CA, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Adrianna Garcia-Mallison, age 21, of Anaheim, CA, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance; possession of prescription narcotics; transportation of a controlled substance; being under the influence of a controlled substance; and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Steven Barone, age 24, of Harbor City, CA, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
All charges for the four individuals are pending through the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.
CHP nabs Chino man
On December 16, at approximately 2:10 p.m., a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was traveling southbound on US-395, south of Bridgeport, and observed a black FJ Cruiser traveling northbound at a high rate of speed, and well in excess of the maximum speed limit.
Upon the violator observing the patrol vehicle and officer, the driver spontaneously stopped on the right shoulder of the roadway.
Upon contact with the driver, the CHP officer determined the subject’s driver license was suspended, began the process of issuing a citation, summoned a tow truck, and conducted the required inventory of the vehicles contents.
While conducting the inventory, the CHP officer found several controlled substances, syringes and needles for injection. The driver was subsequently arrested for multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to controlled substances and booked into the Mono County Sheriff’s Jail in Bridgeport.
During the investigation, it was determined that the subject, Joshua Davey, 23, of Chino, was out on bail for similar offenses.
Lieutenant R. D. Cohan, Commander of the CHP Bridgeport office, said that “This incident again demonstrates the need for aggressive law enforcement presence on US 395, as it is used as a travel route for people transporting controlled substances through our communities.
“It should be noted that this felony arrest for dangerous drugs was the result of what some would consider a simple traffic stop for speeding on a sunny mid-week afternoon … reminding us all that there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop.”