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One year later, 6 in Operation have accepted plea agreements

KINGMAN - It has been more than a year since 18 Kingman residents were arrested by a coalition of federal, state and local law enforcement during Operation Picture Perfect.

The operation broke up a large methamphetamine ring that was bringing around 520 pounds of methamphetamine to the Kingman area a year on April 9, 2008.

Since then, six suspects in the case have accepted plea agreements.

Mickie L. Castro, 38, of Kingman accepted a plea agreement last year and pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail with one day of credit and three years of probation. She must also complete 360 days of community service.

Tashua Havatone, 26, of Kingman was sentenced to 120 days in jail and three years of supervised probation for a similar offense.

Vernice Salazar-Escalante, 24, of Kingman pleaded guilty felony attempted possession of dangerous drugs for sale, methamphetamine on Oct. 27. She received 229 days with credit for 229 days served because she allowed someone to store drugs at her home for a short time.

Jose Luis Hernandez Rascon, 24, of Kingman pleaded guilty on Oct. 24 to felony conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs.

He was sentenced to 250 days in jail for selling drugs for the ring.

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

Reynaldo Magana, 34, of Kingman accepted a plea offer and pleaded guilty to felony possession of dangerous drugs for sale, methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, an aggravated sentence, with 295 days credit for time served and fined him $1,000.

One suspect has filed a motion to withdraw from his plea agreement.

Bryan I. Baldwin, 43, of Kingman accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs. He was supposed to be sentenced to 12 years in prison, but he has since requested a new attorney and is looking to possibly withdraw from his plea agreement.

The remaining 11 suspects are all slated for trials starting May 5.

Those suspects include:

Sean P. Blackwell, 38, of Kingman charged with felony conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

John B. Boone, 53, of Kingman charged with felony dangerous drug violation, use of electronic communication in drug transaction and illegal control of enterprise.

Michael D. Mayo, 34, of Kingman charged with felony dangerous drugs for sale, conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, use of electronic communication in drug transaction and illegal control of enterprise.

Daniel G. Milea, 38, of Kingman charged with felony conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, use of electronic communication in drug transaction and illegal control of enterprise.

Xavier A. Milea, 35, of Kingman charged with felony conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, use of electronic communication in drug transaction and illegal control of enterprise.

Manuel R. Monteiro, Jr., 32, of Kingman charged with felony dangerous drug violation, use of electronic communication in drug transaction, illegal control of enterprise and unlawful flight from law enforcement vehicle.

Deaney Ochoa, 30, of Kingman charged with felony conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, use of electronic communication in drug transaction, illegal control of enterprise and two counts of money laundering.

Jose J. Ochoa, 36, of Kingman charged with four felony counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, use of electronic communications in drug transaction, illegal control of enterprise and two counts of money laundering.

James B. Patterson, 48, of Kingman charged with two felony counts of dangerous drugs transporting or selling, conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, use of electronic communication in drug transaction, illegal control of enterprise and two counts money laundering.

Terrance D. Roberts, 28, of Kingman charged with three felony counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, use of electronic communication in drug transaction and illegal control of enterprise.

William S. Smith, Jr., 37, of Kingman charged with felony dangerous drug transporting or selling, conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, use of electronic communication in drug transaction and illegal control of enterprise, money laundering.

The bust netted the county thousands of pages of wire tap information, 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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