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Three plead out
One suspect in meth bust gets 7 years in prison

Top to Bottom: Magana, Rascon, and Escalante

Top to Bottom: Magana, Rascon, and Escalante

KINGMAN - Three out of the 18 defendants from the April meth bust in Kingman have pleaded guilty in the past few days.

Consuelo Magana, 36, of Kingman pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, methamphetamine, on Oct. 20. She was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Jose Luis Hernandez Rascon, 24, of Kingman also pleaded guilty on Oct. 24 to felony conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs. He will receive supervised probation and may receive up to one year in prison. His sentencing is set for 2 p.m on Nov. 21.

Vernice Salazar-Escalante, 24, of Kingman pleaded guilty to felony attempted possession of dangerous drugs for sale, methamphetamine, on Monday. She also will receive supervised probation and could receive jail time. Her sentencing is at 2 p.m. on Nov. 21.

The court is still working its way through the other 15 co-defendants. The cases are at various points in the court system; some already have trial dates set and others are still working through the voluminous evidence in the case.

The cases stem from Operation Picture Perfect, an investigation and bust of a Kingman meth ring by the Mohave Area General Narcotic Enforcement Team, state and local law enforcement agencies in April. The operation took more than a year to complete. In the raid, MAGNET 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.

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