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Meth bust subjects appear in court today

Jose Juan Ochoa

Jose Juan Ochoa

Both the County Attorney's and the Public Defender's offices are gearing up for the start of case hearings on the 17 subjects arrested in the large methamphetamine bust on April 9. Two suspects, Jose Rascone and Bryan I. Baldwin, 42, are still at large.

According to court records, initial appearance and arraignment hearings were held on April 9 and 10 for the following: Sean P. Blackwell, John B. Boone, Micki L. Castro, Tashua R. Havatone, John R. King, Consuela Magana, Reyaldo Magana, Michael D. Mayo, Daniel G. Milea, Xavier A. Milea, Manuel R. Monteiro Jr., Deaney Ochoa, Jose J. Ochoa, James B. Patterson, Terrance D. Roberts, Verenice Salazar-Escalante and William S. Smith Jr.

According to court records the majority of the subjects have been released on bond. The bonds for the subjects ranged from $1,000 to $500,000. The highest bond, $500,000, was reserved for Jose J. Ochoa.

Records also show that the Public Defender's Office has asked to review the requests for indigent defense claims by some of the suspects. The PDO is disputing some of the defendants' claims that they do not have enough money to hire their own attorney.

Court records show that the subjects were indicted by a grand jury on April 7.

The police raid took place on April 9.

The records also show a court order from Judge Steven Conn ordering the indictments to be kept secret until after the subjects were arrested.

According to court records, the majority of the suspects will appear before Conn for a case management hearing at 10 a.m. on today.

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