Case hearings held for 16
MAGNET still looking for 2 subjects linked to recent meth arrests
KINGMAN - It took nearly an hour on Monday, April 28, for Judge Steven Conn to move through all of the case management hearings scheduled for the 16 subjects charged in connection with the large methamphetamine bust conducted earlier this month in Kingman.
A number of attorneys defending the 16 subjects asked the court to continue their client's hearing to a later date because they had not received all of the evidence from the County Attorney's Office.
Deputy County Attorney Greg McPhillips stated that the office was still awaiting some evidence from Phoenix.
However, around 300 pages worth of evidence was available on a CD-ROM at the County Public Defender's Office.
Conn also addressed the county's motion to designate each case as a "complex case" due to the large amount of evidence collected electronically.
Some of the defense attorneys did not object to the motion, others asked to consider the motion after viewing the evidence.
The Mohave County Area General Narcotics Team arrested the 16 defendants in a large methamphetamine bust on April 9. Officers from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Kingman Police Department, Bullhead City Police Department, Lake Havasu City Police Department and Mohave County Attorney's Office participated. Officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the State Gang Task Force also helped in the investigation.
The bust netted around a pound of methamphetamine, $42,600 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 is still looking for two subjects, Bryan I. Baldwin and Jose Rascone, in connection with the case.