Chinese national pleads guilty to drug charge
One of the three Chinese nationals arrested by highway patrol officers on Interstate 40 last year pleaded guilty Tuesday to transporting marijuana.
Zhao Yang pleaded guilty to felony transportation of marijuana for sale.
Yang, 22, had been charged with transportation of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to transport marijuana for sale, both felonies.
Under the plea agreement, Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss will sentence Yang to 3.5 years in prison.
Normal prison range if convicted of that charge is between 2 and 8.75 years in prison.
Yang's sentence is to be served concurrently or at the same time as a Utah case in which he violated probation on an original charge of aggravated burglary.
Yang will be sent to prison in Arizona then sent to Utah to resolve the petition to revoke probation in Utah.
He will finish his prison term in this state before getting credit for any time he receives in Utah, Deputy Mohave County Attorney Craig Friesner said.
Yang's sentencing is set for July 11.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officers arrested Yang, Gang Nun Lin and Xiaoya Steven Sun in two identical rental cars Oct.
Sun, 22, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault on a peace officer, misconduct involving a weapon, transportation of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to transport marijuana for sale.
Sun allegedly pulled a gun out in an attempt to shoot the DPS officer.
Sun has a omnibus hearing scheduled for July 7.
He is being held without bond.
Lin, 30, is charged with felony transportation of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to transport marijuana for sale.
Lin's trial is scheduled for Aug.
He is in jail on a $45,000 bond.
During the traffic stop on Interstate 40 about four miles west of Kingman, a DPS officer stopped Lin and Sun driving in one rental car.
The officer frisked Lin and Sun and while patting down the suspects, he felt a handgun under Sun's jacket, according to police records.
Sun pulled away from the officer and is charged with attempting to pull the gun out of his jacket and point it at the officer.
The officer then shot Sun in a thigh.
Sun was taken to a Phoenix hospital and treated for a leg wound.
Yang was driving a second rental car when he was stopped on I-40 near Ashfork.
DPS officers discovered 125 pounds of marijuana in Yang's car.
The marijuana was in 111 bags weighing between 1 and 1.25 pounds each.
Officers found the same amount of marijuana in Sun and Lin's rental car, court documents show.