Meth suspects reach plea agreements
KINGMAN - The number of defendants connected with a large methamphetamine ring bust in April continues to dwindle.
As of Dec. 16, at least six of the 18 suspects have accepted plea agreements and pleaded guilty to various charges.
Consuelo Magana, 36, of Kingman was sentenced to seven years for conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, methamphetamine.
Jose Luis Hernandez Rascon, 24, of Kingman was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 360 hours of community service for conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs.
Tashua Havatone, 26, of Kingman, has accepted an agreement and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs. She received 120 days in jail and three years of supervised probation.
Vernice Salazar-Escalante, 24, of Kingman, also pleaded guilty felony attempted possession of dangerous drugs for sale.
Bryan I. Baldwin, 43, of Kingman accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs.
Two others, Micki Castro, and Reynaldo Magana, have also accepted plea agreements and are waiting to be sentenced.
The defendants with cases still pending include: Sean P. Blackwell, 38; Xavier A. Milea, 35; Deaney Ochoa, 30; Jose Juan Ochoa, 36; James Brent Patterson, 48; Terrance D. Roberts, 28; William S. Smith, 37. Daniel G. Milea, 38 and Manuel R. Monteiro, 32.
In April, the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team, along with State Gang Task Force, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the DPS Financial Investigation Resource Group, the Phoenix Police Department and the State Attorney General Office, arrested 17 Kingman residents and one Bullhead City resident in Operation Picture Perfect.
The operation closed down a large methamphetamine ring that had been working in the Kingman area for at least a year.
Nearly 175 officers and 10 agencies helped in the operation.