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Sun, Aug. 18

Meth dealer gets 12 years
Reynaldo Magana pleads for less time at hearing

Reynaldo Magana

Reynaldo Magana

KINGMAN - A second-tier drug dealer in a Kingman methamphetamine ring will serve 12 years behind bars - the longest sentence yet in the cases.

Reynaldo Magana, 34, of Kingman accepted a plea offer and pleaded guilty to felony possession of dangerous drugs for sale, methamphetamine.

Magana asked the court, through a Spanish interpreter, to lessen the amount of time served in prison. "This is too much time," he said. "I have a wife and two children to support. I am not asking you to free me, but this is too much time."

County Attorney Greg McPhillips described Magana as second in line in the drug ring, just below Deaney Ochoa and Jose Juan Ochoa. The Ochoas would give the drugs to Magana, who would then distribute the drugs to street-level drug dealers.

Magana was one of the most culpable suspects connected with the case, despite the fact that he did not have a felony background, McPhillips said. When he was arrested, he was found with 17 grams of methamphetamine, nearly twice the threshold amount. Magana is also in the country illegally and has an immigration hold from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Judge Steven Conn sentenced Magana, per the plea agreement, to 12 years in prison, an aggravated sentence, with 295 days credit for time served, and fined him $1,000.

All other charges against him were dismissed. He is one of 18 defendants arrested during Operation Picture Perfect in April and is the sixth defendant from the case to be sentenced. His is also the longest sentence to date.

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

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

Vernice Salazar-Escalante, 24, of Kingman received 229 days with credit for 229 days.

Jose Luis Hernandez Rascon, 24, of Kingman was sentenced to 250 days in jail for selling drugs for the ring.

Bryan I. Baldwin, 43, has also accepted a plea agreement and is awaiting sentencing.

At least 11 other suspects in the case are still working their way through the court system, McPhillips said after the hearing. He expects that at least one of the remaining 11 cases will go to trial.

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