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Four arrested in bust of suspected Mountain View drug den

Mountain View police arrested four people last week on drug charges after serving a search warrant on a Old Mountain View home, finding a large stash of methamphetamine, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.

The search of the home on the 500 block of Church Street on Tuesday, Dec. 24, caps off weeks of investigating the home, which officers believe was being used as a hub for drug sales, according to a statement released Monday by the Mountain View Police Department. The four people inside the home were arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail.

Among the illicit substances found inside, police reported there was nearly 20 grams of methamphetamine, meth pipes and several grams of psilocybin, commonly known as psychedelic mushrooms. In order to conduct the search, officers had to air out the home, which was filled with a heavy cloud of smoke from recent meth use, according to the statement.

Mountain View residents Mark Nietert, 64, and Kathleen Polito, 64, were both arrested on suspicion of operating the home as a drug den and possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Polito is also suspected of possessing a pound of marijuana, which is more than legally permissible under the state's Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).

The other two suspects, a 61-year-old Mountain View woman and a 45-year-old man from Clearlake, were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

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Four arrested in bust of suspected Mountain View drug den

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Uploaded: Mon, Dec 30, 2019, 12:31 pm

Mountain View police arrested four people last week on drug charges after serving a search warrant on a Old Mountain View home, finding a large stash of methamphetamine, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.

The search of the home on the 500 block of Church Street on Tuesday, Dec. 24, caps off weeks of investigating the home, which officers believe was being used as a hub for drug sales, according to a statement released Monday by the Mountain View Police Department. The four people inside the home were arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail.

Among the illicit substances found inside, police reported there was nearly 20 grams of methamphetamine, meth pipes and several grams of psilocybin, commonly known as psychedelic mushrooms. In order to conduct the search, officers had to air out the home, which was filled with a heavy cloud of smoke from recent meth use, according to the statement.

Mountain View residents Mark Nietert, 64, and Kathleen Polito, 64, were both arrested on suspicion of operating the home as a drug den and possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Polito is also suspected of possessing a pound of marijuana, which is more than legally permissible under the state's Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).

The other two suspects, a 61-year-old Mountain View woman and a 45-year-old man from Clearlake, were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Comments

Dwellers
Old Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2019 at 12:55 pm
Dwellers, Old Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2019 at 12:55 pm
49 people like this

When will City Council and the concerned citizens of Mountain View stop ignoring the rampant criminality amongst single-family home dwellers? Every time I walk past a single-family home, I hold my children close to me, fearful of the dangerous element lurking within. Why do we tolerate people living in single-family homes, that clearly encourage such antisocial and criminal behavior?

I hope Margaret Abe-Koga and Lisa Matichak will ban these breeding grounds of criminality.


Gary
Registered user
Sylvan Park
on Dec 30, 2019 at 1:08 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
Registered user
on Dec 30, 2019 at 1:08 pm
17 people like this

Maybe they are renters. 500 block of Church Street. The mushrooms might be a religious thing. In their 60's. Must not have qualified for government pensions. Republican, Democrat, Independent or not registered to vote? That's what I want to know.


Old Mtn View
Old Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2019 at 2:31 pm
Old Mtn View, Old Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2019 at 2:31 pm
23 people like this

I came here to read dumb comments blaming the left for a crime problem or the city council.

I was not disappointed.


Incredulous
Shoreline West
on Dec 30, 2019 at 2:39 pm
Incredulous, Shoreline West
on Dec 30, 2019 at 2:39 pm
2 people like this

What? Ban single-family homes? So we all get to live in high-rise apartment complexes, or what? I live walking distance from the home in question; in fact, I walked past it this morning, and had no fear of anyone lurking within ready to pounce. I've owned a single-family home on Latham Street for over 20 years, and I can assure you that neither I nor any of my single-family home owning neighbors are anti-social criminals. Neither is the one renter on my block.


Devil Single Fam Home
Old Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2019 at 2:46 pm
Devil Single Fam Home, Old Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2019 at 2:46 pm
15 people like this

O my dear sweet God, save us from the evil denizens of the single family home dens of iniquity! Breeding grounds of criminality! Vice! Women in slacks! Men with earrings! People <gasp> drinking home-made lattes!

Are you extremely ignorant or merely paranoid?

I certainly hope your children don't grow up warped.


Tom
Monta Loma
on Dec 30, 2019 at 2:46 pm
Tom, Monta Loma
on Dec 30, 2019 at 2:46 pm
26 people like this

Good that you are keeping track of "one" renter on your block! The first two comments on this story did not blame "the left" or the "city council" for anything. Those comments were plainly meant to be sarcastic or funny or both. Lighten up.


Other Side of San Antonio
another community
on Dec 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm
Other Side of San Antonio, another community
on Dec 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm
12 people like this

That any of you take "Dwellers" seriously is a sign of how far we have fallen.

Great commentary ("Gary" too) - keep it up, humor is all we have left as we head towards 2020.


Doug
Old Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2019 at 3:11 pm
Doug, Old Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2019 at 3:11 pm
14 people like this

Guess this proves that people who live in houses do illicit things, and we aren't asking them to move. This is the second time in several years this house has been busted, and multiple people arrested. Make note when you vote for the RV issue.


Humor
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 30, 2019 at 3:35 pm
Humor, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 30, 2019 at 3:35 pm
17 people like this

What is funny about this thread is that the house in question for years and years had a beat-up RV parked in the driveway!!


Local resident
Old Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2019 at 4:11 pm
Local resident, Old Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2019 at 4:11 pm
19 people like this

Anyone who lives nearby knows exactly which house this is. There are cops there all the time, the busts have been regular over the last 20+ years we’ve lived in the neighborhood.


location location location
Willowgate
on Dec 30, 2019 at 5:01 pm
location location location, Willowgate
on Dec 30, 2019 at 5:01 pm
16 people like this

Why is it always a drug "den"? Seems to me most of it ends up in the kitchen.


David B. Karpf, MD
North Whisman
on Dec 30, 2019 at 6:05 pm
David B. Karpf, MD, North Whisman
on Dec 30, 2019 at 6:05 pm
12 people like this

Incredulous,
Apparently you cannot detect sarcasm/irony....

Single family homes - Dens of Iniquity!


MV Resident
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 31, 2019 at 8:34 am
MV Resident , Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 31, 2019 at 8:34 am
6 people like this

Trying to understand the logic behind the snark. What, because someone in a house was cooking meth, we should allow hundreds of RVs to illegally take over the streets?

That’s like saying it’s useless to push for gun control because even lawful gun owners can do bad things. Which is an argument the snarky virtue signallers on this section most definitely would not agree with.


ML Kyle
Registered user
Monta Loma
on Dec 31, 2019 at 5:01 pm
ML Kyle, Monta Loma
Registered user
on Dec 31, 2019 at 5:01 pm
4 people like this

Meth and Shrooms? Sounds weird, but Ok Boomer.


PeaceLove
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Dec 31, 2019 at 5:45 pm
PeaceLove, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Dec 31, 2019 at 5:45 pm
8 people like this

Really, MV Voice? This term "drug den" is a holdover from the 1920's reefer madness days. Two things can be inferred about this arrested older couple:

1. They seem to have a meth habit. Methamphetamine is a quite addictive drug that's very popular all around the country. It isn't chemically all that different from amphetamines like Adderall, which is routinely prescribed to our children. So let's not mislead gullible readers into thinking this older couple are some sort of drug fiends. The criminalization of one type of amphetamine and the rampant promotion of another similar type is the kind of hypocrisy that's baked into our War on (some) Drugs.

2. They like psychedelic mushrooms, which are important and non-addictive healing fungi currently the subject of numerous medical studies for their anti-depressant effects as well as their ability to regenerate brain cells and mitigate PTSD. Psilocybin mushrooms are widely, if illicitly, used all over the country, including amongst many Silicon Valley elites, for their ability to reprogram our brains out of destructive patterns, to enhance creativity, and to help people feel a greater "sacred" connection to the world around us. The criminalization of psilocybin mushrooms is a historic-scale crime against humanity that will be looked at in the next 20 years as one of the most mind-bogglingly destructive policies ever put into place.

Maybe get some journalists who are qualified to parse the meanings of stories rather than just repeating police press releases?


Gary
Registered user
Sylvan Park
on Dec 31, 2019 at 8:09 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
Registered user
on Dec 31, 2019 at 8:09 pm
11 people like this

So you want to get more serious? Ok. The article states the house was a hub for the sale of illegal drugs. Is the last poster defending meth sales or just magic mushrooms? I cruised the 500 block of Church earlier today. I did not see an RV. Was it removed? Were the drug dealers renters? I ask because owners can lose their homes if used to manufacture or distribute illegal drugs. When I say "illegal" of course I mean without a prescription for a medical use. Why did it take so long to catch these dealers (if they were dealers)? Traffic to a house on that block would have been very apparent. Where are the suspects now? And finally: have all of the mushrooms been sold to a steak house and, if so, which one?


PeaceLove
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Jan 1, 2020 at 4:20 am
PeaceLove, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Jan 1, 2020 at 4:20 am
24 people like this

To clarify:

1. The War on Drugs creates a class of criminals consensual behavior. Otherwise law-abiding members of our community who don't victimize anyone face being locked in a concrete cage for engaging in consensual behavior with other consenting adults. ("Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded." - Abraham Lincoln)

2. In the specific case of methamphetamine, the law contains a built-in hypocrisy in that chemically very similar amphetamine drugs are promoted heavily and sold by for-profit pharmaceutical companies for use by children.

3. Asset forfeiture laws like the one Gary cites are particularly heinous in that they create an even larger incentive for law enforcement to go after people involved in consensual behavior -- not to create a safer community but for their own financial benefit. Commodifying law enforcement is hardly an ideal model for good or restrained policing.

4.These are just a few pieces of the way the War on Drugs is a crime against humanity. Along with the drug war's racist and classist underpinnings, it is very profitable for a small number of organizations and industries and a disaster for America and the world. In a free country, people who are not bothering others should not face criminal penalties.


Gary
Registered user
Sylvan Park
on Jan 1, 2020 at 9:21 am
Gary, Sylvan Park
Registered user
on Jan 1, 2020 at 9:21 am
5 people like this

Some good points. But you did not explicitly respond to whether dealing meth should not be a crime. Do you contend that no drug should be criminal to use or sell? Or just to use or sell to a "consenting" adult addict? Current law does "discriminate" or distinguish between prescription drugs prescribed for a medical purpose or purpose or non-prescription drugs. Would you make all prescripton drugs legal (or not criminal) for use or sale by any adult? And how about for use by one's own daughters and sons or others under 18, 16, 14, 12, 10? You can be king for the day. Change drug laws. What would you write?


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