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Another meth bust plea deal
Castro will be jailed 90 days followed by 3 years of probation

Mickie Castro

Mickie Castro

KINGMAN - Another suspect in Operation Picture Perfect was sentenced Friday.

In April, the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested 18 residents in a citywide meth bust. Since then six of the 18 suspects have accepted plea agreements.

Mickie L. Castro, 38, of Kingman accepted an agreement last year and pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs.

Castro had limited involvement in the case, said her attorney, James O'Haver. She loaned the use of her phone to some of the other suspects in the case and was social friends of the Ochoas.

Jose and Deaney Ochoa are the alleged leaders of the meth ring, which supplied approximately 520 pounds of methamphetamine to the Kingman area per year.

Castro did use meth and did sell meth to support her habit, O'Haver said, but she was not involved in selling meth for the drug ring.

She was trying to clean up her life and was searching for a job, he said.

Judge Steven Conn sentenced her to 90 days in jail with one day of credit and three years of probation. Castro must also complete 360 days of community service. She will be eligible for work release. Her jail sentence will start on March 9.

Conn pointed out that Castro seemed to be getting one of the shortest sentences of the group of suspects who accepted plea agreements.

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

And Consuelo Magana, 36, of Kingman was sentenced to seven years.

Bryan I. Baldwin, 43, and Reynaldo Magana of Kingman have also accepted a plea agreements.

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.

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