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Police update charges from recent meth bust

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br><br>Officers load a confiscated ATV during citywide methamphetamine bust by the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team on April 9.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br><br>Officers load a confiscated ATV during citywide methamphetamine bust by the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team on April 9.

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Sheriff's Office has released an amended list of charges for some of the subjects arrested in the citywide methamphetamine bust by the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team on April 9.

Some of the original charges were changed when the subjects were booked into the county jail, said Trish Carter, public information officer for the Mohave County Sheriff's Office. The changes were due to information gathered from some of the 16 residences that were searched and the ongoing investigation into the drug ring.

Seventeen of the 18 subjects wanted in connection with the drug ring have been arrested or turned themselves in. Two warrants are still outstanding, for Bryan Irving Baldwin, 42, and Jose Rascone of Kingman.

The MCSO also released the names of eight subjects who were arrested during the raid on unrelated charges.

They included: Dawn M. Valdez, 27, of Kingman arrested on felony charges of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia; Heather S. Dill, 34, of Valle Vista arrested on a felony child abuse charge; Daniel Milea, Sr., 73, of Kingman arrested on a felony charge of resisting arrest and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing government operations; and Baldomero Pezdraza-Huanostra, 24, of Kingman was found to be an illegal immigrant and is being held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Four others were arrested on misdemeanor charges.The Miner does not report names of those arrested on only misdemeanor charges.

According to MAGNET and the MCSO, the investigation into the drug ring, which brought in more than 520 pounds of methamphetamine and $18 million in meth sales annually into the Kingman area, is still ongoing.

As of April 14, MAGNET has seized a pound of methamphetamine, $42,660 in cash, 43 weapons, 20 cars/trucks, two personal watercraft, four all-terrain vehicles, one dune buggy, 15 big screen/flat screen TVs, 28 computers and seven surveillance camera systems. MAGNET believes the items were purchased with money from drug sales.

MAGNET is made up of law enforcement officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Kingman Police Department, MCSO, Bullhead City Police Department, Lake Havasu City Police Department and the Mohave County Attorney's Office.