Local man pleads guilty to meth and child abuse

Detectives found drugs and weapons in reach of an infant

KINGMAN - One of two defendants arrested in connection with drugs and pipe bombs allegedly found in their home has pleaded guilty to a portion of the charges.

Troy Ellis Gayer, 42, pled guilty to possession of a dangerous drug for sale (methamphetamine) and child abuse by domestic violence in court Thursday.

In exchange for pleading guilty, the County Attorney's Office reduced the child abuse charge to a less serious offense and dismissed four other charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of misconduct involving weapons and one count of theft. Gayer and 25-year-old Ashley Renee Tresten were arrested April 6 after detectives with the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team served a search warrant at a home in the 4000 block of Bond Street. Police say they found numerous plastic bags of methamphetamine packaged for sale, a variety of drug paraphernalia, more than 20 weapons, three stolen trailers and two pipe bombs in a detached garage.

According to police, the drugs and weapons were within reach of an 18-month-old in the home.

Tresten was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse by domestic violence. Her case is set for jury trial Sept. 29. She recently received approval by the court to travel to Texas to take care of outstanding personal matters.

Gayer's sentencing is set for next month because of questions over wording of a statute regarding sentencing guidelines for the methamphetamine charge.

Gayer was sentenced to four years in prison in June on unrelated felony theft and drug charges. He also has two other prior felony convictions for aggravated assault in 2002 and trafficking in stolen property in the second degree in 2003.